Who Pulled the Plug? - An Update

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Recently in these previous posts here and here I showed you a very similar view of Capitol Lake here in Olympia. I showed you a news clip explaining the "invasion" of the New Zealand Mud Snails and the fact that they are not that easy to eradicate. Well as my wife was driving to work this morning she noticed the lake was a bit lower than usual. Quite a bit. That meant that they were draining the lake, then hoping the backfill of saltwater would help kill the little monsters. After work we took a drive to this familiar vantage point so we could show you the difference between today and your last view of the lake. For a better explanation of what is taking place click here.


  1. Too bad about the nasty snails. so do they just pull the plug at the bottom sorta like a bathtub or pump out the water?

    BTW: I don't know the woman in the photo but i will ask my SIL in Ritzville--He would/might know. MB

  2. Hilda Says:

    Gosh, what a massive effort for such tiny little pests. I hope the river is running strong and its salinity is higher than usual so the project has a big chance of working. Good luck to all of you.

  3. Abe Lincoln Says:

    I hope this works out. And I suppose the thing that got them here in the first place will not be repeated to bring them back. Something similar happened a few years back in the Great Lakes but that was some kind of fish or sucker fish that came in on a ship.

  4. Beginning of an usually dry season in Washington State?

  5. tapirgal Says:

    I thought I recognized this location. I love the shapes and patterns in this pic. The invasives are definitely scary. I hope this does the trick.

  6. Lois Says:

    I hope it works! I am showing pictures on my blog of a lake here that drains itself naturally through sinkholes every 20 years or so. It's full now, but it is a very strange site when it drains.

  7. AB Says:

    Apart from the before and after documentation, this makes a great shot in itself with its winter colours and sweeping curves.

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