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Help improve Turtle Pond on Salmon Creek Greenway Trail
Clark County Public Works, in partnership with community volunteers, is enhancing the Turtle Pond area, along the south side of the Salmon Creek Greenway Trail west of Vancouver Girls Softball Association's fields.
The Nov. 17 event will be held on National Family Volunteer Day, less than one week before Thanksgiving. Families are encouraged to kick off the holiday season by giving back to the community and taking part in this “Thankful Planting” event.
Youth 13 and younger can volunteer with a parent or guardian. Teenagers 14 to 17 years old need to have signed minor consent forms to volunteer without a parent or guardian.
Be sure to wear weather-appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty, along with long pants and closed-toe boots or shoes.
This is a great opportunity to help beautify and improve wildlife habitat along one of the most popular trails in Clark County.
A bird's eye view of NE 10th Avenue bridge construction
On Aug. 16, 2018, Public Works shot aerial footage of construction on the Northeast 10th Avenue bridge over Whipple Creek near the west side of Interstate 5.
The video was shot by a drone that hovered and flew about 25 to 30 feet over the construction site, from south to north.
For more information on this project, visit the Northeast 10th Avenue webpage.
Public Work publishes Community Report
The report includes pages about Clean Water, Vegetation Management, Road Maintenance, Traffic Signals, Summer Road Preservation and other services provided by the department's 300-plus employees.
The report contains information about a couple specific road projects, but much of the report is general in nature to ensure it has a longer shelf life.
Click here to read an online version of the Public Works Community Report.
Construction continues on Northeast 119th Street
Rotschy Inc., a Vancouver-based contractor, is in the early stages of a two-year project to improve Northeast 119th Street, from east of Northeast 87th Avenue to Northeast 112th Avenue.
The project is part of Clark County’s multiyear effort to upgrade Northeast 119th Street. Through a series of projects, more than $50 million will be invested to improve the east-west corridor, from a narrow two-lane road with no sidewalks or bicycle lanes, to a modern arterial that meets the needs of a growing community.
For more information on past, present and future projects on Northeast 119th Street, visit the Northeast 119th Street webpage and watch this March 2018 CVTV video.
Sweepers highlight importance of clean streets for clean water
In June 2018, new messaging was added to Public Works' street sweepers to emphasize the connection between street sweeping and clean water.
When it rains, runoff picks up dirt and other debris and carries it to storm drains and eventually on to streams and rivers.
Sweeping county streets helps keep pollutants out of storm drains, thereby reducing water pollution.
Street sweepers now remind residents to "Protect Water - Only Rain in Drain."
Check out this 39-second video that uses time-lapse photography to show how a clean water message was applied to a county sweeper or learn more about Clark County's street sweeping program.
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.
Be ready for flood season
If you live in a flood-prone area, consider purchasing flood insurance now. There is a 30-day waiting period before coverage takes effect. Standard homeowner's insurance does not cover flooding. Learn more on the flood insurance webpage.
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).
Clark County's Stormwater Manual/Code include regulations for land use and development, along with best management practices to minimize the harmful effects of polluted storm runoff.
Learn about the ongoing cleanup at the former U.S. Army base north of Camas.