Community Involvement

Preparing the Capitol Lake –Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project EIS was a multi-year process that is now complete. Throughout the process, Enterprise Services and the EIS Project Team were committed to transparent and thorough stakeholder engagement and appreciated the time and attention stakeholders gave to this project.

Community Sounding Board (CSB)

Enterprise Services convened a CSB representing a broad range of interests. This group met 10 times since the project began to provide feedback on various EIS elements, including the ability of the alternatives to achieve long-term support from local tribes, stakeholders, and communities. Meetings were open to the public and information about past meetings is posted on the Meetings page.


  1. Bring community members representing a diverse range of interests together to engage in focused discussions, and individually and/or collectively provide input, feedback, perspectives and recommendations around substantive topics relevant to the Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project EIS.
  2. Use CSB outcomes to inform subsequent discussions by the EIS project team, Enterprise Services, and work groups during the SEPA process.

Participants in the CSB provided information, exchanged ideas, and provided individual or collective perspectives around substantive topics. There was no voting or requirement to reach consensus. Information from CSB meetings was shared with the project Work Groups and considered by Enterprise Services as decisions were made, but the CSB did not make decisions for Enterprise Services.

Meetings were open for observation by the public, and a brief public speaking opportunity was provided at each meeting. Observer written comment forms were provided for in-person meetings.


Enterprise Services formally solicited applicants for the CSB in early 2019 and selected a group of individuals representing a wide range of interestes, organizations, and communities.

Visit the Heritage Park Trail Loop

Visit the Heritage Park Trail Loop to read about the Capitol Lake – Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project. You can start and end at any location.

Kiosks are located in 11 locations along all sides of the North Basin along the Heritage Park Trail Look.

Access the Final EIS

The Final EIS is also available for public access at the following locations.

Lacey Timberland Library
500 College St SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Olympia Timberland Library
313 8th Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98501-1307

Tumwater Timberland Library
7023 New Market Street
Tumwater, WA 98501-6563

Washington State Library (reservation required)
6880 Capitol Blvd SE
Tumwater, WA 98501

West Olympia Timberland Library
625 Black Lake Blvd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

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