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May 18, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Soap Lake will remain ‘Soap Lake’

The body of water known as Soap Lake will continue to be known as Soap Lake.

Likewise, Ebey Slough between Everett and Marysville will stay a slough, instead of  a polysyllabic “estuary.”

The state Committee on Geographic Names announced Friday that it has deferred a controversial proposal to rename Soap Lake, whose slippery and mineral-filled water is reputed to heal people, as Lake Smokiam in honor of the area’s Native American peoples. The committee denied outright a plan to rename Ebey Slough, a part of the Snohomish River Delta, as an estuary to emphasize its saltwater ecology and provide a “more welcoming” image that’s been endorsed by the city of Marysville.

Past news coverage may be found here.

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