There is much debate regarding the destiny of Capitol Lake and the desire of many to remove the Fifth Avenue Tide Gate that creates Capitol Lake, and turn the waterway back to its former estuarial condition. As a longtime Olympia resident, I have watched as studies have been completed, reports developed, community formats convened, suggestions proposed and the compilation of studies sent to the Legislature for further analysis and recommendation. It seems to go on and on and with solid proposals on both sides of the issue. In the end, I love the lake, the “reflection pool” of our beautiful capitol building, but I also know there exist environmental issues that we as stewards of the land are charged with protecting. But in the end, are we being provided all of the correct information; I have read many articles and I have not been convinced.