Total estimated cost of said project in 2005 dollars: $2,748,259. Nope didn't cost much. Total acres of accessible public land lost and not replaced: 175 acres. Nope no loss of opportunity there I guess. The tide gates don't work correctly. It doesn't drain as intended. You didn't get side channel habitat. You got a giant brackish water pond. I am truly happy to hear the fish are using it. I really could give a rip about lost hunting opportunity at this point. What I do give a rip about is public lands access, stake holders targeting public lands for restoration projects, and the loss of freshwater wintering and feeding habitat for a large population of wintering waterfowl in the area. I understand the issues on all sides quite clearly. I am an educated working professional in the environmental/ natural resources field by the way. As I stated I get caught up in both sides of these issues whether I want to or not. As to the rest of the conversation we should take it to PMs if you wish. I apologize guys. I had no intention of a thread hijack or ruffling any feathers here. I was merely pointing out that there was alot of things going on in fisheries at the time period questioned including a large and controversial fisheries restoration project. It should also be noted that WDFW came under severe budget cuts between to the tune of 21 million between 2007 and 2009. That might also explain some things being left undone.