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.
"If the proper steps are taken to control storm water runoff, the managed lake alternative will result in less sediment reaching the marinas and Budd Inlet." by Wayne Daley CFS, Fisheries Biologist/Bioengineer
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.