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Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team (Dert)

We are an advocacy group representing the interests of the local environment, natural systems with the services that they provide, and a community that values wildlife, water quality, economic opportunities and natural beauty. We serve as a center for a creative community-driven effort for restoring the health of the Deschutes watershed.

http://deschutesestuary.org/ Tax ID 27-2317887


In 1951 the Deschutes River in Olympia was damned to create the  reflecting pool and sediment reservoir we know today as Capitol Lake.  This created a myriad of environmental and public health issues, and the  culturally and ecologically significant Deschutes Estuary has ceased to  exist since. The Deschutes Estuary Restoration Team or DERT advocates  for the removal of Olympia’s 5 th Avenue Dam and the full restoration of  the Deschutes Estuary. We are a 501(c)3 non- profit incorporated in  2011. We actively educate our community on the benefits of estuary  restoration and advocate for funding and necessary studies. We envision a  restored urban estuary and functioning ecosystem in the headwaters of  Puget Sound.