I want to express my disappointment about the Olympian article headlined in two-inch bold letters: "Bill to maintain lake dead."
House Bill 1938, which simply strengthens current law requiring the state to properly maintain Capitol Lake as a permanent reflecting pool for the Capitol Campus and adds an important element of joint coordination throughout the Deschutes watershed to ensure environmental benefits are achieved, did indeed stall in the House Capital Budget Committee. However, as Olympian staff writers are well aware, the vast majority of bills require two, three, or even more legislative sessions for passage.
As a board member of the Capitol Lake Improvement and Protection Association, I can report that our members remain optimistic that a version of this bill will ultimately receive legislative approval.
CLIPA’s plan for the long-term maintenance of Capitol Lake is one-third the cost of the estuary alternative. It addresses improving the health of the entire watershed from which toxic waste flows into Capitol Lake and Puget Sound. CLIPA’s approach improves fish habitat, including that of salmon; prevents the free pulse of sediment into Budd Inlet (dredging Budd Inlet is clearly unsustainable); employs the most cost-efficient method of sediment removal; and avoids degradation to Olympia’s downtown core.
I thank the bi-partisan sponsors of HB 1938, Reps. Reykdal, Hunt, Alexander, DeBolt, Finn, and Haigh, for their unwavering support of a maintained Capitol Lake, as well as the Tumwater and Lacey city councils and the Port of Olympia.
For more information, please visit our website: www.savecapitollake.org.