Save Capitol Lake !
We are a coalition of citizens working to improve, maintain and preserve Capitol Lake, the Number One "Jewel of Thurston County". Improving Capitol Lake requires a watershed-wide sustainable solution that is in line with the original lake vision as well as current and future needs.
Capitol Lake’s Role in Puget Sound’s Water Quality and Economic Impact on Downtown & Thurston County
More Information & Register to attend Cost $20-$30 includes lunch
Wednesday, July 9, 2014, 11:30am-1:00pm, Red Lion Hotel, 2300 Evergreen Park Drive SW, Olympia
CLIPA sponsored public discussion about the future of the Deschutes Urban Watershed and Capitol Lake was attended by many elected officials and representatives as well as members of the community. (Handouts and CLIPA responses to many public questions raised at the Meeting will be available here about July 21) More info from the meeting...
A review of the Wa. State Dept. of Ecology document "TMDL Tech Report (2012)". The conclusion of this review is that Capitol Lake is the Deschutes River Watershed's biggest and best asset for preventing and reducing water quality degradation in Budd Inlet. Summary & Report by David H. Milne - March 2014
Letter from Justice Robert Utter to various elected officials and public entities. (April 2014)
"I unqualifiedly support the retention and management of Capitol Lake as beneficial to the water quality of Budd Inlet."
Capitol Lake is #1 of the 7 Wonders of Thurston County, according to popular vote.
In this video, Thurston County Commissioner Cathy Wolfe and State Supreme Court Justice Gerry Alexander discuss the Lake and its' merits for the community.
Now is the time to make the decision
- is a part of the State Capitol Campus
- was envisioned in the original design of the campus
- has not been dredged since 1986, contributing to algae bloom
- makes a positive contribution to the environment
- significantly helps the water quality of Budd Inlet
- significantly helps in flood control
– protecting downtown Olympia
- supports the annual (non-native) salmon run to the man-made fish ladders at Tumwater Falls
Removing the Dam:
- would result in tidal mudflats like Mud Bay – NOT like the Nisqually
- would result in approximately $157 million in infrastructure costs
- would increase sediment & nitrogen flow into Budd Inlet
- would degrade state and local waterfront investments of $84 million
- would significantly increase costs to the Port of Olympia
- would damage recreational boating that contributes $23 million in annual economic benefits to the community
Information, Reports & Reviews
The CLIPA White Paper is a realistic, practical & science based plan to improve the water quality & sediment management in the Deschutes Watershed, while preserving one of our state's icons, Capitol Lake.