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.
CLIPA Fundraising for Media Publications
May 2017 - After many years of avoiding fundraising drives, CLIPA has now been confronted with issues that make our donation request necessary. Here is why:
An anti-Lake organization, a tribe, and some Wa. State agency staff members continue to disregard facts and make public statements using flawed data. In fact, an anti-Lake organization has purchased the services of both a professional film maker and a glossy brochure producer to create and distribute emotionally packed, incomplete and misleading messages to sway public opinion.
THIS IS WHAT OUR COMMUNITY HAS BEEN FACED WITH FOR YEARS. The general public and the elected and appointed decision makers see such information and formulate faulty opinions.
CLIPA is proud to report that we have established that Capitol Lake is ecologically healthy, and is exceedingly valuable to the community. We have established that destroying the Lake is 6 times as costly as it would be to maintain the Lake; and that the Lake is more salmon friendly than a mudflat!
We need to inform the public-at-large using the newspaper, both print and online versions, and via other printed media. Of course, this costs money. We ask all who support CLIPA and Capitol Lake to make a donation now: . . . $25 - $50 - $100 - $200 - $300 - $400 - $500 . . . We will appreciate your donation of any amount you are able to give to fund our media releases.
Please don't wait - write a check payable to: CLIPA
Mail to: CLIPA 606 Columbia Street NW #100-C Olympia, Wa 98501
Thank You, CLIPA Co-Chairs: Denis Curry, Jack Havens, and Bob Wubbena
Delayed until Future Notice
State officials agree that the New Zealand Mud Snail thrives in brackish water, so removing the dam will not get rid of the snail and they could spread into Budd Inlet with no dam.
Available on YouTube - Bob Wubbena shares with the Lacey Rotary Club the issues surrounding Capitol Lake and the debate over whether to retain the lake or to covert it to an estuary. (approx 27 minutes)
CLIPA continues to ask our Legislators and Congressional Representatives to have a "maintenance dredge application" completed as soon as possible, to allow a maintenance dredge to reduce the current sediment carry over into Budd Inlet. Such dredging is common with all alternatives that are seriously discussed by the diverse groups.
Contact your elected leadership. We need to be a vocal majority, not silent and overruled by a vocal and ill-informed minority of residents. Links to committees & elected rep's
New Articles, Publications & Reports
Ruckelshaus Center Report
This December 2014 objective review identified some of the reasons why the community and the State have been unable to advance a community endorsed Plan for the long term management of Capitol Lake and the Deschutes River Urban Watershed. The Report provides insight on the challenges, and also some next steps forward. (read more)
Capitol Lake: Protector of Water Qualty in Budd Inlet
A review by Dr. David H. Milne 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. (March 2014) Summary & Peer Reviews - Slide Show Presentation - PDFs of Full Report & Addl Info
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.