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.
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