Help Define the Future of the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed!

September 26, 2018

Long-term management strategies and actions are needed to address issues in the Capitol Lake Basin and surrounding watershed.

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being prepared to document the potential environmental impacts of various alternatives and determine how these alternatives meet the long-term management objectives identified for Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed. The primary alternatives to be evaluated, at a minimum, include:

  • Managed Lake
  • Restored Estuary
  • Hybrid
  • No Action (required in an EIS)

Scoping comment period has begun

The first step of an EIS is called scoping. During this phase, agencies, tribes, local communities, organizations and the public are asked to comment on what should be analyzed and considered in the EIS.

We want to hear from you now!

You have an essential role to play in the Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed Long-Term Management Project EIS process. Please visit our online open house and/or attend an upcoming public meeting to learn more about the project, EIS process, and how to submit your comments by November 13, 2018.

Visit the online open house


Stop by a scoping meeting*

Wednesday, October 10, 5:30– 8:30 p.m.

Hotel RL (formerly Red Lion Hotel)
2300 Evergreen Park Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 

Monday, October 22, 5:30– 8:30 p.m.

Washington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501

Each scoping meeting will have opportunities to learn more and comment:

  • An open house with information about the proposed project: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Facilitated verbal public comment session: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.*
  • Comment forms and other options to provide your comments.

* We will use a lottery system to determine speakers, unless there is adequate time to accommodate all those who wish to speak. For detailed information about how to comment during the scoping period, visit

Ways to Comment


In person: October 10 and October 22 scoping meetings
Mail: Department of Enterprise Services
c/o Bill Frare – Capitol Lake/Lower Deschutes Watershed EIS
P.O. Box 41476
Olympia, WA 98504

Scoping comments must be submitted between September 26 and November 13, 2018.

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