An estuary’s low-water point doesn’t last long

OlympiaAugust 14, 2013 

This letter is about the historic Deschutes River estuary. With the constant degradation and handwringing about what to do about the dam on Fifth Avenue and the silting up of the unnatural Capital Lake, an aspect of misinformation is constantly brought up: Mudflats.

If anyone really spends time near salt water, they would know that the low-water point is very short-lived. Most of the time there is water filling the estuary. You see water.

That is why the Tumwater Brewery shipped beer from Tumwater. Freight was also handled in the tidal basin. And the Olympia Yacht Club was in place before the Fifth Avenue dam.

And the water was much cleaner.

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