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Stories by Dameon Pesanti

Columbian staff writer

2 Vancouver water stations taken off Superfund list

February 6, 2018, 8:20pm Clark County News

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has officially removed two Vancouver water stations from a federal list of hazardous waste sites in need of cleanup. Read story

The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers sanctuary to birds and other wildlife. A project to reconnect it with the Columbia River and open up hundreds of acres of salmon habitat at the refuge recently took a significant step forward thanks to a $4.6 million grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology Floodplains by Design program.

Steigerwald salmon habitat restoration propelled by $4.6M grant

The Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge offers sanctuary to birds and other wildlife. A project to reconnect it with the Columbia River and open up hundreds of acres of salmon habitat at the refuge recently took a significant step forward thanks to a $4.6 million grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology Floodplains by Design program.

February 3, 2018, 6:03am Clark County News

A salmon habitat restoration project at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge recently reached a significant milestone when it was awarded a $4.6 million state grant. Read story

Anita Gillingham, left, looks on as Sharon Kenoski puts a red dot sticker on a map over the Interstate 5 Bridge to indicate the location of the most congested site along the drive into Portland. Clark County residents participated Tuesday in an open house held by the Oregon Department of Transportation to learn more and comment on the possibility of tolls on I-5 and I-205 at the state line down to where they connect south of Tualatin, Ore.

ODOT, Southwest Washington residents talk tolls

Anita Gillingham, left, looks on as Sharon Kenoski puts a red dot sticker on a map over the Interstate 5 Bridge to indicate the location of the most congested site along the drive into Portland. Clark County residents participated Tuesday in an open house held by the Oregon Department of Transportation to learn more and comment on the possibility of tolls on I-5 and I-205 at the state line down to where they connect south of Tualatin, Ore.

January 30, 2018, 8:32pm Clark County News

Clark County resident Sharon Kenoski doesn’t have to commute to Portland anymore, but that doesn’t mean she’s in favor of having to pay a toll to drive into the city. Still, she thinks Southwest Washington residents need to play an active role in Oregon’s plan to put a value pricing… Read story

The Port of Vancouver's Terminal 5 (Columbian files)

Vancouver Energy raps governor over oil terminal rejection

The Port of Vancouver's Terminal 5 (Columbian files)

January 30, 2018, 2:27pm Business

The company proposing to build the nation’s largest crude-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver said they are disappointed with Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to reject their proposal and are evaluating their options for next steps. Read story

Opponent of the proposed Vancouver Energy oil-by-rail terminal Edith Gillis of Portland celebrates the project's rejection Monday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at the Slocum House in downtown Vancouver on Jan. 29, 2018.

Inslee rejects Vancouver Energy oil terminal

Opponent of the proposed Vancouver Energy oil-by-rail terminal Edith Gillis of Portland celebrates the project's rejection Monday by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee at the Slocum House in downtown Vancouver on Jan. 29, 2018.

January 29, 2018, 4:05pm Business

Gov. Jay Inslee has rejected the proposed Vancouver Energy oil terminal at the Port of Vancouver. Read story

Cavers explore a cave near Mount St.

Dark, dirty and deep underground adventures in Gifford Pinchot’s caves

Cavers explore a cave near Mount St.

January 28, 2018, 6:00am Clark County Life

Learn what it's like to crawl into Wolff’s Pit, a hole the ground that's a little wider than a kitchen trash can, and then explore one of the hundreds of cave systems hidden in the Gifford Pinchot Forest. Read story

Boo the dog carries a large stick along Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park on the Columbia River while Marilyn Abbink, back left, and Boo’s owner, Sarah Cagle, walk just behind him. A week of heavy rain pushed the river up slightly higher than early last week. The National Weather Service is predicting more rain today, then a couple of dry days with high temperatures.

Warmer, drier days on the way

Boo the dog carries a large stick along Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park on the Columbia River while Marilyn Abbink, back left, and Boo’s owner, Sarah Cagle, walk just behind him. A week of heavy rain pushed the river up slightly higher than early last week. The National Weather Service is predicting more rain today, then a couple of dry days with high temperatures.

January 26, 2018, 10:19pm Clark County News

After what started out as an unusually warm and dry January, the weather seemed to be making up for lost time by bringing lots of cold rain to the Vancouver metro area. But, starting Sunday, the city will likely get to enjoy some pretty balmy conditions. Read story

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

Oil by rail down a bit in state in fourth quarter 2017

An oil train waits to move westbound in Vancouver.

January 24, 2018, 8:15pm Business

On average, more than a million barrels of oil a week was shipped by rail into Washington during the fourth quarter of 2017, a slightly lower volume than the year’s previous three quarters, and the majority of it rolled through the Columbia River Gorge and Vancouver, according to a new… Read story

The seasonal roadway body of water known to some as “Goodwill Lake” is a common winter feature on Northeast 117th Avenue/state Highway 503 near Northeast 87th Street in Vancouver. For years, debris has clogged the road’s drainage system, causing motorists to literally make waves as they travel. But officials say a fix is coming.

Clark Asks: Good news for drivers about ‘Goodwill Lake’

The seasonal roadway body of water known to some as “Goodwill Lake” is a common winter feature on Northeast 117th Avenue/state Highway 503 near Northeast 87th Street in Vancouver. For years, debris has clogged the road’s drainage system, causing motorists to literally make waves as they travel. But officials say a fix is coming.

January 24, 2018, 6:00am Clark County News

Battle Ground resident Dirk Parsons thinks of the introduction to an old television cop drama when he sees traffic drive through a notoriously flood-prone stretch of state Highway 503 after some heavy rain. Read story

A Chinook salmon, second from the bottom, swims in the Columbia River with sockeye salmon at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville in 2012.

Report: Pesticides imperil salmon

A Chinook salmon, second from the bottom, swims in the Columbia River with sockeye salmon at the Bonneville Dam fish-counting window near North Bonneville in 2012.

January 21, 2018, 6:01am Clark County News

Three commonly used pesticides pose a serious threat, even when used as recommended, to the survival of endangered salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia River Basin and other marine life along the West Coast, according to a report by scientists with the federal government. Read story