<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=192888919167017&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">
Sunday,  May 26 , 2024

Linkedin Pinterest
Photo of Lauren Ellenbecker

Stories by Lauren Ellenbecker

Columbian staff writer

Low water supply in parts of Washington, elsewhere in West reduces hydropower

October 6, 2023, 5:00am Clark County News

Officials say the abnormally dry, warm conditions from spring and summer led to a low water supply, reducing hydropower generation. Read story

A trio of trucks travel to and from the Zimmerly gravel pit near Washougal.

Lawsuits over Columbia Gorge gravel pit slowing after court denies owners’ request for review

A trio of trucks travel to and from the Zimmerly gravel pit near Washougal.

October 3, 2023, 6:03am Business

Nearly half a decade of lawsuits surrounding a controversial gravel pit east of Washougal are slowing as even more governing entities deny resuming operations at the site. Read story

Federal government seeks data on company PFAS use

September 30, 2023, 5:11am Clark County News

Government seeks data on company PFAS use Read story

Pete DuBois, a Clark County Public Health senior environmental outreach specialist and compost guru, begins aerating composting piles, a key part of maintaining a healthy pile, at the 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell.

Clark County composting guru: Keeping food waste out of landfills an easy way to fight climate change

Pete DuBois, a Clark County Public Health senior environmental outreach specialist and compost guru, begins aerating composting piles, a key part of maintaining a healthy pile, at the 78th Street Heritage Farm in Hazel Dell.

September 29, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

Composting food scraps, yard debris an easy way to fight climate change Read story

Above, part of the streamflow of Upper Lewis River Falls roars over an 58-foot escarpment, while the rest falls through a series of stair-step falls carved into a large block of basalt into the pool below. It's the tallest of four major waterfalls on this portion of the river.

Uptick in Lewis River Recreation Area’s popularity prompts officials to plan for growth

Above, part of the streamflow of Upper Lewis River Falls roars over an 58-foot escarpment, while the rest falls through a series of stair-step falls carved into a large block of basalt into the pool below. It's the tallest of four major waterfalls on this portion of the river.

September 28, 2023, 6:04am Clark County News

The Lewis River Recreation Area’s green valleys, sloped forests and waterfalls have seen a lot of love – maybe too much. Read story

Prescribed burn set for Gifford Pinchot

September 28, 2023, 5:46am Clark County News

In October, onlookers may see smoke emerging from forestland south of Mount Adams. That means everything is going according to plan. Fire managers will begin prescribed burning in the forest, 6 miles north of Trout Lake and 4 miles south of the Mount Adams Wilderness area. The controlled activity may… Read story

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, under construction in June, is among the businesses and agencies getting money from the state for solar and battery projects and planning.

Solar, battery projects in Clark County get $250K from state

PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center, under construction in June, is among the businesses and agencies getting money from the state for solar and battery projects and planning.

September 27, 2023, 1:54pm Clark County News

To tackle the state’s ambitious clean energy goals, the Washington Department of Commerce is awarding millions to communities statewide to prioritize solar and battery storage. Read story

More lampreys seen at Bonneville Dam

September 26, 2023, 5:16am Clark County News

Pacific lampreys, an eel-like fish species, are passing the Bonneville Dam in droves this year. Read story

An intact floodplain is teeming with life - from bugs, beavers and at-risk fish species. But the Coweeman River isn't intact, said Brice Crayne, Lower Columbia Enhancement Group program manager. Splash damming flushed out entire aquatic systems.

Splash dams’ legacy is one of scars and damage, but a Lower Columbia group is trying to change that

An intact floodplain is teeming with life - from bugs, beavers and at-risk fish species. But the Coweeman River isn't intact, said Brice Crayne, Lower Columbia Enhancement Group program manager. Splash damming flushed out entire aquatic systems.

September 25, 2023, 6:10am Clark County News

A legacy of obsolete logging practices popularized more than a century ago remains etched in the way the Coweeman River moves. Read story

The Vantage Bridge carries Interstate 90 across the Columbia River near Vantage at dusk in February 2018.

Is a new Columbia River Treaty treaty on tap?

The Vantage Bridge carries Interstate 90 across the Columbia River near Vantage at dusk in February 2018.

September 23, 2023, 6:05am Clark County News

Since 1961, the U.S. and Canada have worked together to manage dams in the Columbia River Basin, but this arrangement may change in September 2024. Read story