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Capitol Lake to be lowered during work to replace screens between mitigation ponds and main lake

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On Monday and Tuesday, July 24 and 25, a contractor hired by the Department of Enterprise Services will replace the screens between Capitol Lake's mitigation ponds and the main lake. The screens are needed to reduce risk of Eurasian Watermilfoil fragments spreading from the ponds into the lake.

To accommodate the work, Enterprise Services will lower the lake level by 2 feet, starting during the high tide the evening of Sunday, July 23.

The agency will return the lake to its normal level after the work is complete.

Enterprise Services has an ongoing Hydraulic Project Approval for maintenance work on Capitol Lake, issued by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. This work is included under that permit.

Enterprise Services originally planned the work for early July, but postponed the work to protect bats who rely more heavily on the lake as a food source in June and early July when pups are nursing.

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