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*CANCELLED* Green Infrastructure Partnership Meeting - Thursday, December 20 (2:00pm - 4:00pm)

Orcas and Stormwater Pollution in Puget Sound
Thursday, December 20th from 2-4 PM
Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way, Pier 59, Seattle WA 98101


Directions and Parking Info:

The event will take place in the Salish Sea classroom located on the second floor of the Aquarium. When arriving please come to the group entrance on the south side of the building where staff will guide you to the second floor administration offices.

Directions to the Aquarium
Parking information

What you will hear:
Wondering how GSI can contribute to healthier orca populations in our region? Join the Seattle Aquarium and The Green Infrastructure Partnership (GrIP) for a discussion of whale health and the positive impact that Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) like rain gardens, cisterns, and bioswales are having on their habitat and our own. We will hear from Dr. Shawn Larsen, Curator of Conservation Research at the Seattle Aquarium, about how pollution affects the health of resident and visiting whales in the Salish Sea. Robb Krehbiel, Northwest Representative at Defenders of Wildlife, who will discuss GSI efforts that are improving whale health, focusing on their Orcas Love Rain Gardens Program (orcasloveraingardens.org). Following the presentations, we will discuss ways to accelerate GrIP and partner efforts to advance near-term GSI to be part of the solution to improve ecosystem health and support healthier orca populations.



Robb Krehbiel is the Northwest Representative for Defenders of Wildlife in Seattle where he works to conserve imperiled species across the region, including grizzly bears, orcas, and salmon. In 2017, Robb co-launched the Orcas Love Raingardens program in Tacoma, bringing together multiple partners in the region to strategically promote raingardens as an important tool that allow urban communities to live alongside and coexist with orcas. This past year, Robb has served as a member of the Orca Recovery Task Force’s Prey Working Group, which helped develop recommendations to increase salmon runs throughout the Northwest that orcas rely on for their survival.

Shawn Larson, PhD, Curator of Conservation Research, Seattle Aquarium. Shawn has been working at the Seattle Aquarium since 1995. Her main duties are conducting conservation research projects, supervising the water quality lab and assisting in animal health activities such as wildlife rehabilitation. has been studying marine mammal physiology, genetics, population biology and ecology for 23 years and has published several scientific papers and chapters on marine mammals and a book on sea otter biology and conservation. More recently Shawn has been involved in environmental monitoring of toxic pollutants and microplastics in the Salish Sea and elsewhere. In 2016 she also become a contracted Research Curator for the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor focusing on helping publish long tern datasets on Southern Resident Killer Whale Sightings, the impact of whale watching vessels on the Southern Residents and 20 years of orca calls from hydrophones that the museum curates.