After being born in the 1940s a block from the Capitol Lake tide flats and raised five blocks away, I wanted to remind all of the eyesore the flats created as well as low tide odor in the pre-dam days.
Add to that, the days when it became a useable swimming and recreational lake post-dam, and there was little question as to the preferred resolution of the Capitol Lake controversy.
Thurston County has many tide flat and estuary areas, one more is not needed.
Solution: a) Develop an ongoing public maintenance trust fund, b) dredge it and c) restore it to the lake of the 1950s and 1960s with swim facilities. Its attractiveness would draw the public downtown, and its use in water recreation would far outstrip any gains from a return to mud flats (and the low tide odors from exposed sea life decaying in the sun).