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Ecology proposes two changes to Camp Bonneville cleanup
The Washington State Department of Ecology has proposed two changes to the cleanup action plan for Camp Bonneville, a former U.S. Army military post in the Cascades foothills north of Camas.
- Two small arms ranges to include partial excavation and/or covering of lead-contaminated soil with a geotextile fabric and 1 foot of clean soil, depending on results from lead leachability tests.
- The Central Impact Target Area to require surface-only removal of munitions of 100 acres within the artillery practice areas and surrounding borders and regular inspection of the cleared area for munitions that could potentially surface following heavy rain or deep winter frost.
For more information, review the Ecology Department's six-page fact sheet on the proposed changes.
Ecology will accept comments until Sept. 18, 2017, and will hold a public meeting if at least 10 people request one during the comment period.
Northeast Lockwood Creek Road closes for guardrail work
The closure started July 11, 2017, and is expected to last for about six weeks. Local access will be maintained for residents in the area, as well as for emergency vehicles and deliveries.
A shorter section of Northeast Lockwood Creek Road, Northeast 60th Avenue east to about the 6900 block of Northeast Lockwood Creek Road, will be closed to all traffic.
Residents who live in the closed area will be able to access their homes.
Northeast Salmon Creek Street to close for slide repair
About 50 feet of eroded stream bank will be repaired using riprap and gabion baskets, which are wire baskets filled with rock.
Improvements will extend 60 feet on either side of the unstable bank to connect the area to stable ground.
Construction is scheduled to finish in fall 2017.
Work underway on latest Northeast 119th Street project
Work started in early June on the latest project to upgrade the Northeast 119th Street corridor.
McDonald Excavating Inc., a Washougal-based contractor working for Clark County Public Works, will widen and improve the street, from Northeast 50th Avenue to Northeast 72nd Avenue.
Specific improvements include widening the road to a two-lane minor arterial, with a center turn lane; adding sidewalks and bicycle lanes; and building facilities to collect and treat polluted storm runoff. The project also includes water improvements for Clark Public Utilities and sewer improvements for Clark Regional Wastewater District.
This section of Northeast 119th Street will remain open to local residents, emergency responders, school buses and delivery trucks. Through traffic should use alternate routes.
More information is available on the Northeast 119th Street webpage.
Downspout Disconnect Program continues in Three Creeks
The Clean Water Division continues the pilot program this summer to disconnect residential downspouts from underground piping.
Disconnecting downspouts allows the water to soak into the landscape, reducing heavy flows and possible pollution to local waterways, such as Salmon, Cougar and Suds creeks.
The program offers financial incentives to disconnect downspouts in priority neighborhoods that drain directly to local waterways. A map of the eligible neighborhoods and homes in the Three Creeks area can be found here.
Learn more about the program on the Downspout Disconnect Program webpage or by watching this CVTV video.
Road work continues on Northeast 99th Street near SR 503
Work started on Monday, April 17, to improve Northeast 99th Street on both sides of its intersection with Northeast 117th Avenue/SR 503.
Construction will require closing a short section of Northeast 99th Street immediately east of the intersection. That closure started on Monday, April 17. Click here for a detour map.
A short section of Northeast 99th Street, immediately west of the intersection, also was closed, starting Monday, April 24. Residents should use alternate routes during this closure.
Construction will require C-TRAN to temporarily reroute its No. 72 Orchards bus line. Clark County Public Works also has coordinated with the Battle Ground and Evergreen school districts.
Construction on the overall project is scheduled to wrap up in fall 2017.
More information is available on the project's webpage.
County resumes parking fees at four regional parks
Daily parking fees are now in place at four of the county’s largest regional parks
Parking fees are $2 for motorcycles, $3 for cars, $6 for cars with trailers and $8 for buses or motor homes.
Parking fees were eliminated in 2013. Last year, the Board of County Councilors agreed to resume fee collection to provide more sustainable parks funding and reduce vandalism and other illegal activities.
Daily parking fees will be collected at fee booths, typically from May 1 through Sept. 30, and during busy off-season events. Fee booth attendants will accept cash, debit cards, Visa and MasterCard. No checks or Discover or American Express cards will be accepted.
When fee booths are not staffed, park users will need to use self-pay stations. Only cash will be accepted at self-pay stations.
Frequent users of these four parks should consider buying an annual parking pass for $30.
For more information, including locations to purchase annual passes, go to the parking fees webpage.
Preliminary flood maps available for Washougal area
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued preliminary maps showing revisions to the 100-year floodplain, which has a 1 percent chance of flooding in any year.
The preliminary flood insurance rate maps cover properties along the Washougal River, along the Little Washougal River and behind the Port of Camas-Washougal’s levee on the Columbia River.
A 90-day appeal period ended on Dec. 6, 2016. FEMA plans to issue a "Letter of Final Determination" in July 2017. If FEMA remains on schedule, the maps will become effective in January 2018.
Please remember that these are preliminary maps for only a fraction of Clark County. Revised flood insurance rate maps for the rest of the county took effect on September 5, 2012, and are available by clicking on Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Dogs and Clean Water
Clark County is home to more than 100,000 dogs. Read about Canines for Clean Water and how you can help keep dog waste out of creeks, rivers and groundwater.
Sidewalk Curb Ramps
Learn why Clark County rebuilds sidewalks on street corners prior to some road preservation projects. Read a one-page flier (PDF) about sidewalk curb ramps and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Park Impact Fees
Track fund balances (PDF) for park impact fees, the county's primary revenue source for building parks, and review a map showing park impact fee districts (PDF).
Updated Stormwater Rules
Revisions to Clark County's Stormwater Manual and county code took effect on January 8, 2016. Errata changes took effect December 2, 2016.
Learn about the ongoing cleanup at the former U.S. Army base north of Camas.