Pacific Rainforest Wildlife Guardians
Hood Canal, Washington is becoming a dead zone.
It used to be that people could go out on the estuary bottom at low tide, fill a bucket with clams, oysters and crabs, dig a hole in the beach rocks and bake them while friends played guitars, sang, read poems and visited while the feast slowly steamed in it's own juices, in foil in the fire pit.
A pod of Dolphins is engulfed in 2,000 gallons of crude oil, bilge water and chemicals when a Navy ship was being pumped out and the mechanism broke down causing a massive overflow February, 2014.
Sea Stars as common as escape oysters are suffocating from too much dissolved oxygen in the water from too many septic tanks, the south half of the fjord filled with algae and leaking fuel oil. Algae feeds on oils and impedes flow of fresh water. When it blooms, it kills everything else.
The toxic, oily spill covered 10 miles by the time anyone knew the extent, causing this advisory to be issued that the shellfish and all life was contaminated with the toxins on the list, were not to be caught or eaten and to stay out of the water.
Seagulls wait for toxic spawning Salmon to die so they can eat them and so on in the food chain.
Hood Canal is a very beautiful place at the foot of Olympic National Park and Wilderness, flowing north to the Salish Sea. Endangered Killer and Humpback Whales and all the other marvels of nature deserve much better than what white men have done to their native home. If humans are so smart, we can make it pristine again. We have to. There must be a rigorous system of inspections and maintenance, with funding from user fees available before it's too late.
When the sun rises in the future, will there be life anymore in Hood Canal? Can humans come together in a way that reverses the harm that's been done, and work to heal the fjord so that life can return?