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Capitol Lake is the cause of low dissolved oxygen in Budd Inlet

July 16th, 2013 by eoconnell · Comments Off on Capitol Lake is the cause of low dissolved oxygen in Budd Inlet

Budd Inlet has a dissolved oxygen problem. In short, there isn’t enough oxygen in the water near Olympia to support healthy marine life. And, the primary reason for this dramatic drop in oxygen is Capitol Lake. Recent findings released by the state Department of Ecology point out that even if all of the other problems […]

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History of the Deschutes River Estuary available

June 20th, 2012 by eoconnell · Comments Off on History of the Deschutes River Estuary available

How the Deschutes River estuary came to be dammed in the 1950s has been a heated topic locally the last few years. A history of the local efforts to dam the estuary and create Capitol Lake is now available. The history covers the time from just after statehood when the first dam was proposed to […]

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Relationship between new Deschutes Coalition and Capitol Lake

November 15th, 2011 by jkonovsky · Comments Off on Relationship between new Deschutes Coalition and Capitol Lake

A couple of people have inquired about how the new coalition between the cities and tribe will address Capitol Lake issues. Well, the short answer is it won’t — at least not in the near future. The fate of Capital Lake is an issue much larger than the coalition. The coalition has been set up […]

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The myth of a watershed solution to cleaning up Capitol Lake

July 11th, 2011 by jdickison · Comments Off on The myth of a watershed solution to cleaning up Capitol Lake

Proponents of keeping Capitol Lake say that if we only cleaned up the entire Deschutes River watershed, water quality problems in the dammed estuary would go away. From the Save Capitol Lake website: Broaden focus to watershed for improved water quality: The CLIPA findings support more effective management of the upper Deschutes Watershed to address […]

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Deschutes Estuary restoration interview on KAOS

June 27th, 2011 by eoconnell · Comments Off on Deschutes Estuary restoration interview on KAOS

Jeff Dickison, a biologist with the Squaxin Island Tribe, was interviewed over the weekend on Make No Bones About It on KAOS.

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Restoring the Deschutes Estuary would benefit salmon from all over Puget Sound

June 7th, 2011 by jdickison · Comments Off on Restoring the Deschutes Estuary would benefit salmon from all over Puget Sound

Salmon smolts from numerous Puget Sound river systems migrate into Budd Inlet. The Squaxin Island Tribe has been monitoring salmon usage there and we’ve found extensive use by juvenile salmon all over the region. This isn’t really surprising. Deep south Puget Sound is one of the most productive areas in the world for the food […]

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The myth of the connection between Wilder and White and Capitol Lake

June 6th, 2011 by eoconnell · Comments Off on The myth of the connection between Wilder and White and Capitol Lake

The creation of what we now know as Capitol Lake was not the natural outgrowth of a landscaping plan for the Capitol Campus. Rather, it was the result of a decades-long lobbying effort by local businessmen, politicians and city-fathers to create an appealing water feature and “scrape the moss off” Olympia. Recently, lake defenders have […]

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The myth of the “stinky mudflats” on a restored Deschutes Estuary (80 percent of the time and healthy)

February 22nd, 2011 by jdickison · Comments Off on The myth of the “stinky mudflats” on a restored Deschutes Estuary (80 percent of the time and healthy)

One of the myths that defenders of Capitol Lake like to mention is the danger of ever present mud flats on a restored Capitol Lake. Obviously, they like to point out, a quiet and peaceful dammed river is much preferable to mud flats. What they don’t mention is the scientific studies that point out how […]

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New post on restoring the Deschutes Estuary on Everyday Olympia

July 24th, 2009 by eoconnell · No Comments

There’s a new post this morning on the importance of restoring the Deschutes River estuary: We know that South Sound is dying. Squaxin tribal researchers recently conducted a study of how many coho salmon leaving streams in southern Puget Sound actually survive long enough to swim past the Tacoma Narrows. Coho populations have been dropping […]

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Everyday Olympia: Water Quality, Capitol Lake and the Deschutes Estuary

May 5th, 2009 by eoconnell · No Comments

Jeff Dickison has a new post over at Everyday Olympia on water quality in Capitol Lake: …a recent letter from the state Department of Ecology to the Department of General Administration (which owns the property around the lake and therefore manages it) sheds a lot of light on the water quality debate. In short, the […]

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