Sun., Dec. 18, 2016
Sunday Spin 3: Draining the swamp for a big chill
While supporters and opponents of President-elect Donald Trump argue whether his cabinet picks show he’s making good on a promise to “drain the swamp,” state officials are actually draining a former swamp here in Olympia.
The swamp, or estuary if we’re being hoity-toity, was below the Capitol campus until the river that ran through it was dammed to create Capitol Lake. But now the lake is beset by snails – foreign snails from New Zealand, no less, not even good old 'Merican snails – so state officials are drawing the lake down as low as possible in the cold weather to freezing out as many as possible of the pesky little mollusks from down under.