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.
June 13, 2015 (Saturday) from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Teams will be assigned specific areas of shoreline for clean-up. DES will lower the water level in Capitol Lake to expose the accumulated debris for removal and oversee the proper disposal of the debris.
For More Information or to sign up as a sponsor or help individually, contact us:
To be a sponsor, organize a team of at least three volunteers that represent your organization and be assigned a "clean-up zone" OR consider donations to be reserved for the costs of clean up and associated community promotion and education. A task force that includes the broader community is being established to plan the Clean-Up Day.
Sponsors: (so far)
Olympia Downtown Association, Thurston County Chamber, Pacific Shellfish Institute, CLIPA, & tentatively Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (DERT)
The Washington State Department of Enterprise Services (DES), as the responsible State agency for Capitol Lake, will be assisting.
CLIPA plans to make this an annual event to "improve and protect" our urban waterfront and shared ecosystem for use and enjoyment by current and future generations of our families.
April 2015 - CLIPA and other organizations take initial steps to work together to make Capitol Lake and the Deschutes Basin work for the entire community. Read More...
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
CLIPA sponsored public discussions about the future of the Deschutes Urban Watershed and Capitol Lake were attended by many elected officials and representatives as well as members of the community. More info from the meetings ...
Recent Opinions in the OlympianTake a moment to read very different views of the "facts" about Capitol Lake
Lake reflects our inability to make hard choices - By John Rosenberg - August 25, 2014
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.