Get Involved

Preparing an EIS is a multi-year process and you have an essential role to play. The project team is committed to a transparent and thorough stakeholder engagement process that ensures multiple opportunities and pathways for participation.

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Work Group meetings are open to the public and information about upcoming and past meetings is posted on the Meetings page.

Community Sounding Board

The EIS project team convened a Community Sounding Board representing a diverse range of interests. This group meets up to once per quarter until the Draft EIS is issued to provide feedback on various EIS elements. 


  1. Enable a diverse group of people 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 provide information, exchange ideas, and provide individual or collective perspectives around substantive topics. Areas of agreement will be identified should they emerge, though there will be no voting or requirement to reach consensus. Information from CSB meetings are shared with the project Work Groups and considered by Enterprise Services as decisions are made, but the CSB does not make decisions for Enterprise Services.

Meetings are open for observation by the public, and a brief public speaking opportunity is provided at each meeting. Observer written comment forms are provided.


Enterprise Services formally solicited applicants for the CSB in early 2019 and selected a diverse group of individuals representing a spectrum of interests, organizations, and communities.

Outreach Events

The project team attends events to increase awareness of the project and encourage participation.

  • Harbor Days (Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, 2018)
  • Olympia Arts Walk (Oct. 5, 2018)
  • Lakefair (July 2019)

Stakeholder Briefings

Enterprise Services provided briefings during scoping, at the invitation of individual, established organizations. Briefings included a presentation regarding the current scoping process, environmental analysis, preparation of the EIS (including Work Group participation), and the public involvement process. Participants were invited to ask clarifying questions to help in submitting informed comments during the scoping period.

Additional briefings are anticipated when the Draft EIS is released.

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