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DES receives more than 800 comments on Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Capitol Lake - Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) received more than 800 comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Capitol Lake - Deschutes Estuary Long-Term Management Project. The comment period closed Aug. 29.

DEI speaker series: Umoji: Sustaining African Cultural Arts

The Department of Enterprise Services, in partnership with Humanities Washington, will present the next event in the DEI speaker series. The lunch and learn session, "Umoji: Sustaining African Cultural Arts," will take place Thursday, Aug. 26, from noon to 1 p.m.

DES seeking buyers for Press Houses on Capitol Campus

OLYMPIA -- DES is seeking buyers to purchase, remove and relocate two residential structures on the West Capitol Campus – the  Carlyon House (201 Sid Snyder Ave SW) and Ayer House (1417 Columbia St SW), commonly known as the Press Houses.

Third Installment of DEI Speaker Series

Through a partnership with Humanities Washington, the Department of Enterprise Services DEI Council will present the third in their lunch and learn series, " Drag Culture: Beyond Entertainment," July 29 from noon to 1 p.m.

The virtual event is open to the public.

Join drag king performer Ceasar Hart and explore the history of drag culture and why it is so important for many in the LGBTQ+ community.

DEI Speaker Series Continues

Through a partnership with Humanities Washington, the Department of Enterprise Services DEI Council will present the second in their lunch and learn series, "Tangled: Why Your Hair Matters to Society," June 22 from noon to 1 p.m.

Join Professor Anu Taranath to untangle the meaning of hair and better understand the stories we tell about beauty, bias and belonging.

Register for the event.

 

Visiting the campus this weekend? Here’s what you need to know

The state Capitol Campus is popular destination over Memorial Day weekend, with people visiting numerous memorialsDespite the pandemic, 2021 is expected to be no different.

Water quality sampling to occur on Capitol Lake May 25

 

A small boat will ply Capitol Lake waters on May 25 to collect water quality samples. 


The Department of Enterprise Services will follow the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife New Zealand mudsnail decontamination procedures following the work. New Zealand mudsnails are an invasive species. The lake is generally closed to boating, fishing and other uses because of the danger of spreading the destructive snails to other waters.

Clarissa Easton named LCM Project Director

Clarissa Easton has joined the Department of Enterprise Services (DES) as Project Director for Legislative Campus Modernization (LCM), a multi-phased project on the Capitol Campus that includes replacing the Irving R. Newhouse Building, replacing or renovating the Joel M. Pritchard Building, and renovating the third and fourth floors of the John L. O'Brien Building.

Capitol Lake Pedestrian Bridge temporary closure on May 5

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) will temporarily close the Capitol Lake Pedestrian Bridge near Marathon Park on Wednesday, May 5 between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. to repair damaged decking boards.

Three decking boards were damaged by vandalism that occurred the night of May 2. The bridge will remain open to the public until the repair begins on May 5. The impacted area has been covered and sectioned off for pedestrian safety. Signs are posted on each end of the bridge to alert visitors of the upcoming repair and temporary closure.

Chris Liu retiring as DES Director

After 20 years of state service, Department of Enterprise Services (DES) Director Chris Liu has announced he will retire effective June 1.

“I want to thank Chris for 20 years of leadership in state government. Chris has been a valuable member of my cabinet since the start of our administration. The positive impact of his leadership on delivering public services across the enterprise will ripple throughout state government for years to come. I wish Chris all the best in a well-deserved retirement,” said Gov. Jay Inslee.

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