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"I strongly support using science as the basis for resolving the future management of Capital Lake and other environmental challenges in Olympia"


We must encourage a culture that respects and seeks to preserve the vast amount of natural resources in Olympia. This is the first step in transitioning away from environmentally harmful practices.

Olympia’s natural areas must be protected.

We need to support policies that protect these natural areas by trending towards a waste free and toxin free culture and environment. These policies must also equally protect every individuals' right to clean water and air, regardless of nationality, economic status, gender or ideology.

All policies must be based in scientific understanding.


Capitol Lake

 From a scientific perspective, Capitol Lake is an environmental hazard.

Capitol Lake and the lower Deschutes river watershed have been studied more than any other aspect of our local environment. Capitol lake may be beautiful, the reality is not:

  • Each year, the Deschutes loads 35,000 cubic yards of sediment into Capitol Lake.
  • Since the early 1950s, the lake has lost 60 percent of its water volume, an average of almost 1 percent per year.
  • The water that does remain is fouled with invasive species (New Zealand mud snails and Eurasian milfoil, for example), toxic algae (those lovely green clouds that appear in the water each summer), and a cornucopia of bacteria.
  • People’s use of these waters has been restricted for more than 20 years.

 In order to identify the most feasible and cost-effective management options for capitol lake and the greater watershed, we must utilize the very best of science and economic analysis. We also must elect leaders that will do the following:

  • Insist that the environmental impact statement be completed on time
  • Be willing to make a timely decision
  •  Identify cost-effective financing and a sustainable financing plan

I am committed to working collaboratively to achieve these three goals and encouraging other leaders at every level of government to do the same.


Sea-Level Rise

We must be able to adapt to this challenge as safely and effectively as possible; with Olympia's Sea Level Rise Response Plan, we can.

Our location is one of Olympia’s many charms; it allows us all to enjoy the benefits of coastal living. Unfortunately, being at sea level also means Olympia’s city center experiences a more direct threat than other downtown areas in Thurston County as a result of sea level rise. According to studies, Olympia’s shoreline will most likely rise 36 inches by the year 2100. 

The city of Olympia, the Port of Olympia and the LOTT clean water alliance collaborated to address this issue by drafting a sea level rise response plan. The plan describes the science behind sea level rise projections and the adaptation strategies the city plans to undertake in the short and long term. It is among the early steps our city must take in order to adapt to one of the most pressing environmental challenges of our time.

Check out this link to Olympia's Sea Level Rise Response Plan


Olympia's Climate Adaptation Plan

 This plan will serve to facilitate our regions' increased sustainable development and environmental protection, which are urgently needed.  

In 2018, the city of Olympia adopted a Climate Adaptation Plan. This regional Climate Adaptation Plan was developed by the Thurston Regional Planning Council, and includes 91 actions which will be advised by two committees. 

Check out this link to see more details about the Thurston Climate Adaptation Plan.

Committee to Elect Cheryl Selby
120 State Ave NE #211
Olympia, WA 98501
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