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EPA recommends adding Columbia River’s Bradford Island to Superfund

September 8, 2021, 1:53pm Clark County News

A nearby stretch of the Columbia River may soon join a list of sites slated for a federal toxic cleanup program, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday. Read story

Are smoky summer skies the ‘new normal’ in Clark County?

August 8, 2021, 6:05am Clark County News

Last summer’s weeklong “smoke storm” was a game-changer for residents of Western Washington and Oregon. A thick layer of hazardous smog blanketed the region, and Portland briefly laid claim to… Read story

During the late June heat wave, Clark Public Utilities' peak demand for power was 62 percent higher than usual, causing extra load on its substations and power lines.

In wake of extreme heat wave, Clark Public Utilities plans upgrades

During the late June heat wave, Clark Public Utilities' peak demand for power was 62 percent higher than usual, causing extra load on its substations and power lines.

August 3, 2021, 6:01am Business

The late June heat wave pushed temperatures in Clark County to record-breaking highs, and it generated a corresponding spike in regional electricity consumption as residents hunkered down at home and cranked up their air conditioning. Read story

CLARK COUNTY: Melia Ballantyne won $500 for this video she created in the Clean Water Actions Long Video category of the Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington Student Video Contest.

Students create videos about environmental impacts for contest

CLARK COUNTY: Melia Ballantyne won $500 for this video she created in the Clean Water Actions Long Video category of the Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington Student Video Contest.

July 11, 2021, 5:35am Community

CLARK COUNTY — The Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington recently announced the winners of its first Student Video Contest, which 87 Clark County middle and high school students entered. Read story

Taylor Loewen, Southwest Washington manager for Ridwell, sits on a bale of clamshells collected for recycling by Green Impact Plastics. Ridwell, which collects hard-to-recycle items, is launching service in Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek.

Ridwell launches collection of hard-to-recycle items in Vancouver

Taylor Loewen, Southwest Washington manager for Ridwell, sits on a bale of clamshells collected for recycling by Green Impact Plastics. Ridwell, which collects hard-to-recycle items, is launching service in Vancouver, Hazel Dell and Salmon Creek.

June 17, 2021, 12:04pm Clark County Life

If you are piling up plastic grocery bags, ratty clothes and burnt-out lightbulbs that you can’t bring yourself to throw into the garbage bin because you’re just sure there must be a better way to dispose of them, well, you’re right. Read story

Sunrise O'Mahoney, executive director of the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington, shows an area of the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway that honors the memory of local people of color who died from COVID-19. There are 41 trees planted there.

Clark County has a memorial for people of color lost to COVID-19

Sunrise O'Mahoney, executive director of the Watershed Alliance of Southwest Washington, shows an area of the Burnt Bridge Creek Greenway that honors the memory of local people of color who died from COVID-19. There are 41 trees planted there.

May 7, 2021, 6:04am Clark County Health

When Karen Morrison envisions a memorial, she thinks about the permanence of plants and trees, and how nature can outlive humans. Read story

Workers unload wind blades bound for Canada from the MV Star Kilimanjaro at the Port of Vancouver on May 4, 2020. The ship departed China on April 13 and held 27 blades for nine wind turbines.

Port of Vancouver, importers of oversize cargo push for upgrades to I-84

Workers unload wind blades bound for Canada from the MV Star Kilimanjaro at the Port of Vancouver on May 4, 2020. The ship departed China on April 13 and held 27 blades for nine wind turbines.

April 17, 2021, 6:03am Business

The Port of Vancouver has spent the past few years positioning itself as a major import destination for wind energy components, touting its massive harbor cranes and large storage areas for turbine blades and tower segments. Read story

The site at the Port of Kalama where NW Innovation Works is proposing a 90-acre methanol plant.

Ecology denies key permit for proposed Kalama methanol plant

The site at the Port of Kalama where NW Innovation Works is proposing a 90-acre methanol plant.

January 19, 2021, 12:59pm Business

LONGVIEW — The state Department of Ecology Tuesday denied a key permit for the $2.3 billion proposed Kalama methanol plant, citing a "significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions and inconsistencies with the Shoreline Management Act," as principal reasons. Read story

When The Columbian contacted "Sherman's Lagoon" artist Jim Toomey about his Columbia River series of strips, he admitted that he'd never actually visited the Columbia.

‘Sherman’s Lagoon’ wades into Columbia River debate

When The Columbian contacted "Sherman's Lagoon" artist Jim Toomey about his Columbia River series of strips, he admitted that he'd never actually visited the Columbia.

April 28, 2020, 6:05am Clark County Life

Jim Toomey’s nautical comic strip, “Sherman’s Lagoon,” is set somewhere in the South Pacific, but in recent days the titular, clueless shark and his buddies dove into a controversy about our own mighty waterway. Read story

People walk through a sparse international departure terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport as concern over the coronavirus grows on March 7 in New York City, N.Y.

Virus slowdowns lower emissions

People walk through a sparse international departure terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport as concern over the coronavirus grows on March 7 in New York City, N.Y.

March 24, 2020, 6:00am Life

LOS ANGELES — The global struggle to slow the spread of the coronavirus has brought with it canceled flights, closed businesses and a quickly escalating economic slowdown that could be devastating to millions. It is also certain to shrink greenhouse gas emissions this year, according to climate scientists. Read story