With all due respect to Nancy Neyenhouse, I’ll offer a few belated corrections to her mistaken assertions regarding Capitol Lake in a recent letter to the editor.
The most appropriate name for the proposed “estuary” is in fact an “intertidal mudflat” as described in “Wildlife-Habitat Relationships in Oregon and Washington,” by Johnson and O’Neil.
Capitol Lake has almost double the oxygen content of Budd Inlet. Mixing its waters with those of Budd Inlet will severely reduce oxygen content in Capitol Lake basin. Mudsnails will exist in the brackish waters of a mudflat.
Capitol Lake was unfortunately contaminated with bacteria until 15 years ago. It generates no contamination. (Mudflat advocates still avidly spread the “contamination falsehood.”)
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By contrast, Budd Inlet water is contaminated according to numerous county signs. Humans are advised to shower after contacting this water.
Removing the tide lock will allow the contaminated waters of Budd Inlet to engulf the entirety of Capitol Lake basin.
According to state and local health departments, shellfish harvesting in the mudflat will almost certainly not be allowed due to it being a contaminated terminal urban mudflat.
According to Thurston County signage at Priest Point Park, “AT LOW TIDE, MUDFLATS ARE DANGEROUS”. (Please recall the recent life-threatening entrapment emergency there.)
As a community, we must ask if we want a contaminated terminal urban mudflat deemed to be unsafe for humans and animals.
Ms. Neyenhouse’s opinions are illustrative of those taught by well-meaning ideologues who have chosen to ignore critical information.