Capitol Lake has been recommended to be returned to its original estuary state since 2009, as part of a report by the Capitol Lake Adaptive Management Plan Steering Committee (CLAMP). The recommendation was the following: “The Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology, Department of Natural Resources, Squaxin Island Tribe, and a majority of the Thurston County Commissioners are forwarding their recommendation to return the Capitol Lake Basin to an estuary.”
Controversy has surrounded this topic because Capitol Lake replaced an estuary when it was established. Bringing back this estuary would help reduce the growth of non-native weeds in the lake, and hatchery salmon might have a larger chance of surviving in an estuary. Bringing saltwater back to Capitol Lake and restoring it to its original pristine form would not only help the environment and help the salmon population thrive, but it would look beautiful as well.
I also want to show that anyone can make a difference, because I’m only a 12-year-old middle schooler, and I can contribute to the community just as much as the rest of the community.