Explore the History

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The Deschutes River and its estuary is a core part of our communities history – understanding this history is critical to understanding the current need to restore the estuary. DERT produced a Deschutes River Watershed Guide in 2016 that covers much of this history. The guide can be downloaded here and covers the greater history of the Deschutes River.

The following is a timeline covering the history of Olympia starting in 1853 going through 2016. How should this timeline end? With estuary restoration or with the ongoing management of a failed lake? That choice is ours to make.