Here’s why trying to change Capitol Lake back into an estuary is an effort in futility. It comes down to the difference between convincing and persuading.
You can convince a whole lot of people with the logic, reasoning, and evidence that an estuary is a better thing than the present lake, but persuading the state to take action on that is a whole other problem.
To persuade the state to take the time, effort, and expense to tear down a perfectly good bridge, dismantle a perfectly functioning flood control dam, build the bridge back up again, then reinforce the bridge pillars to withstand a tidal flow … that is going to be a really tough sell. We’re talking millions and millions of dollars when there’s a massive shortfall in the state budget already. Persuading the state to take that kind of action when there are at least as many people against the idea is just too big of a wall to get past.
It remains to be seen as to whether or not this turns out to be the case, but I think it will be.