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Louis Ruiz, a driver with Dietrich Trucking, climbs into the cab of his truck while a loader drops yard debris into his trailer at the West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center on Wednesday afternoon. Waste Connections currently layers yard debris above and below food waste before it is trucked to a composting facility in Dallesport.

Food waste pickup to begin in Vancouver

Louis Ruiz, a driver with Dietrich Trucking, climbs into the cab of his truck while a loader drops yard debris into his trailer at the West Vancouver Materials Recovery Center on Wednesday afternoon. Waste Connections currently layers yard debris above and below food waste before it is trucked to a composting facility in Dallesport.

August 30, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

The gray, gloppy sludge doesn’t resemble food, except for the specks of color from discarded fruits and vegetables. Read story

Steigerwald Lake can be seen Tuesday morning at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge, on the eastern side of Washougal, will undergo major changes in the next two years as part of an ambitious project to reconnect 960 acres of flood plain with the Columbia River and Gibbons Creek.

Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge is reconnecting to the river

Steigerwald Lake can be seen Tuesday morning at the Steigerwald Lake National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge, on the eastern side of Washougal, will undergo major changes in the next two years as part of an ambitious project to reconnect 960 acres of flood plain with the Columbia River and Gibbons Creek.

August 29, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

WASHOUGAL — Juvenile salmon face a gauntlet of perils on their difficult journey down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean. Read story

Port of Vancouver Environmental Specialist Phillip Martello checks on bat boxes, brush piles, snags and new plant survival at a mitigation site off Lower River Road.

Working in Clark County: Phillip Martello, Port of Vancouver environmental specialist

Port of Vancouver Environmental Specialist Phillip Martello checks on bat boxes, brush piles, snags and new plant survival at a mitigation site off Lower River Road.

August 26, 2019, 6:04am Business

Environmental specialist Phillip Martello sometimes can be found wandering down abandoned back roads and into the weeds. Read story

Maxine Deschand, 6, left, and her mother, Brianna Deschand, walk through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday. The refuge has proved a crucial habitat for the region’s endangered and threatened species, helping populations such as the Columbian white-tailed deer rebound.

Changes to Endangered Species Act could affect county wildlife

Maxine Deschand, 6, left, and her mother, Brianna Deschand, walk through the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge on Thursday. The refuge has proved a crucial habitat for the region’s endangered and threatened species, helping populations such as the Columbian white-tailed deer rebound.

August 24, 2019, 6:02am Clark County News

The federal government announced it would change the way the Endangered Species Act is applied, making it easier to delist threatened or endangered species and allowing regulators to conduct economic assessments on potential lost revenue when deciding whether to protect a habitat. Read story

Trucks come and go from the quarry on Livingston Mountain.

Updated contract allows Livingston Quarry to reopen

Trucks come and go from the quarry on Livingston Mountain.

August 22, 2019, 7:31pm Clark County News

A criticized and scrutinized quarry east of Vancouver has reopened after Clark County updated an agreement with its operator. Read story

Rafer Stromme, from left, Nick Neathamer and Spencer Black, members of the student grounds crew, clean solar panels at Clark Public Utilities’ operations center in Vancouver. In 2015, Clark Public Utilities launched a program that prompted about 700 customers to invest in the county’s largest solar array. The solar panels need to be cleaned to remove dust to maximize energy production, especially in the summer months.

Solar project pays off for Clark Public Utilities investors

Rafer Stromme, from left, Nick Neathamer and Spencer Black, members of the student grounds crew, clean solar panels at Clark Public Utilities’ operations center in Vancouver. In 2015, Clark Public Utilities launched a program that prompted about 700 customers to invest in the county’s largest solar array. The solar panels need to be cleaned to remove dust to maximize energy production, especially in the summer months.

August 14, 2019, 6:04am Clark County News

For Peter Greenfield, investing money in Clark Public Utilities’ community solar project was a “no-brainer.” Read story

A truck that wets the road to keep down dust heads out of the Zimmerly gravel pit.

Gorge commission votes 11-1 against Washougal gravel mine

A truck that wets the road to keep down dust heads out of the Zimmerly gravel pit.

August 13, 2019, 7:27pm Clark County News

Overturning a previous decision, the Columbia River Gorge Commission took action Tuesday that could lead to shutting down a gravel mine outside Washougal. Read story

WSU class teaches landowners to care for property

August 9, 2019, 9:29pm Clark County News

Small-acreage landowners can learn about best stewardship techniques to care for their property by attending a 12-week course. Read story

Philip Parshley, commodore of the Vancouver Lake Sailing Club, shows some of the worst of the milfoil weed infestation at the lake in June.

Chemical coming for Vancouver Lake milfoil

Philip Parshley, commodore of the Vancouver Lake Sailing Club, shows some of the worst of the milfoil weed infestation at the lake in June.

August 5, 2019, 6:00am Clark County News

Eurasian milfoil in Vancouver Lake is about to meet its chemical match. Read story

Heather Fisher of Vancouver strives to reduce garbage. She packed her lunch in reusable containers for a picnic at Hockinson Meadows Community Park, but wishes she could take her own containers to fill at the grocery store, a practice currently prohibited by Washington health codes. Proposed revisions would change that.

Vancouver woman striving to toss use of disposables

Heather Fisher of Vancouver strives to reduce garbage. She packed her lunch in reusable containers for a picnic at Hockinson Meadows Community Park, but wishes she could take her own containers to fill at the grocery store, a practice currently prohibited by Washington health codes. Proposed revisions would change that.

August 4, 2019, 6:05am Clark County Life

Heather Fisher works hard to reduce garbage by choosing durable items over disposables. As she enjoyed a picnic in her favorite park on a recent afternoon, she unwrapped a handkerchief folded around her sandwich, and sipped coffee from a stainless-steel mug. Read story