I support restoring the Deschutes River estuary on the basis of water quality and restoration of habitat. The science is clear. However, the words “restore the estuary” actually mean restoring the opening to the estuary to its original width. That width would be described by the length of the span of the first Fourth Avenue bridge built in 1921, or the width of the combination of the dam and bulkheads on both sides of the dam built in 1951. Either way, restoring the estuary would likely mean at least partial reconstruction of the Fifth Avenue bridge.
I also favor creating a small freshwater lake alongside the estuary near Olympia to bring back Heritage Park as a great recreational area in an urban setting. There are groups and individuals regularly discussing the estuary, but the public also has an interest in this matter because all of the required physical and infrastructure changes will be paid for with public money from one source or another. So, where is the vision that connects science, construction and recreation into one entity? I think that vision is what we are all waiting for.