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Clark County’s Composter Recycler program is offering a series of free online workshops for those interested in a sustainable lifestyle. The six-part series will teach participants how to reduce their impact on the planet through composting, waste reduction, and green living.

Here are the webinars offered this fall:

  • Backyard Composting: 7-8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 12. Learn how to construct a compost pile and heat it up.
  • Red Worm Composting: 7-8 pm Wednesday, Oct. 19. Learn how to… Read More

This Septic Smart Week, Clark County Public Health is reminding homeowners of the importance of keeping onsite septic systems up to date on inspections and maintenance.

By ensuring systems are in good condition, owners can protect their property’s value and avoid needing costly emergency system replacements. Public Health recommends homeowners work with county-certified professionals to complete system inspections and get advice about maintenance, repairs, or onsite septic system replacement.

“Addressing small problems and taking corrective actions will avoid bigger… Read More


Clark County Public Health’s Vital Records office is expanding its hours for in-person services to five days per week, beginning Monday, Sept. 19.

People can continue to place orders for birth and death certificates online or by mail; details for ordering certificates are available on the Public Health website. For those who prefer to place orders in-person, here are the Vital Records office hours beginning Monday, Sept. 19:

  • No appointment: 8 am to noon Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9… Read More

In advance of Septic Smart Week (Sept. 19-23), Clark County Public Health wants to remind onsite sewage system owners to take action to ensure their personal wastewater treatment systems are maintained and operating at their best leading into fall and winter. Several financial assistance programs are currently available to help property owners in Clark County pay for inspections, maintenance, and repair or replacement of their systems.

“Regular inspection and maintenance of onsite sewage systems is critical to ensuring these systems continue to operate in good condition,” said… Read More


The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants for a position on the volunteer Public Health Advisory Council.

The open position is for a medical doctor practicing in Clark County. The three-year term begins Oct. 1, 2022 and ends Sept. 30, 2025.

The advisory council meets 5:30-7:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every even month via Zoom. When in-person meetings resume, they will be 6-8 pm in the main conference room on the second floor of the Center for Community Health, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd.

The… Read More


Clark County Public Health has issued a danger advisory for Lacamas Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water due to a harmful algal bloom. Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for pets.

Results from water samples taken from Lacamas Lake on Tuesday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. The harmful algal bloom is currently present at multiple public access points at Lacamas Lake.

The danger advisories previously issued for Vancouver Lake and… Read More


The Clark County Board of Health is seeking applicants for a position on the volunteer Public Health Advisory Council.

The open position is for a nurse practicing in Clark County. The three-year term begins Oct. 1, 2022 and ends Sept. 30, 2025.

The advisory council meets 5:30-7:30 pm on the fourth Tuesday of every even month via Zoom. When in-person meetings resume, they will be 6-8 pm in the main conference room on the second floor of the Center for Community Health, 1601 E Fourth Plain Blvd.

The… Read More


Clark County Public Health has issued a danger advisory for Round Lake in Camas after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water due to a harmful algal bloom. The lake currently has little to no visible scum accumulation, however, toxin levels exceed thresholds recommended by Washington Department of Health.

“Don’t be deceived by the appearance of clear water at Round Lake. The toxin level is actually quite high, making the water unsafe for people and pets,” said Alyssa Payne, environmental health specialist with Clark County Public Health’s Recreational… Read More


Clark County Public Health has issued a danger advisory for Vancouver Lake after test results revealed elevated levels of cyanotoxins in the water. Harmful algal blooms are currently present at multiple locations across the lake, including the swim beach.

Results from water samples taken from Vancouver Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Danger signs are being posted at the public access points to the lake.

Public Health is advising against all recreating in Vancouver Lake, including swimming,… Read More


Clark County Public Health has issued a warning advisory at Round Lake due to elevated levels of cyanotoxins from harmful algae.

Results from water samples taken from Round Lake on Monday revealed cyanotoxins above the threshold levels recommended by the Washington Department of Health. Warning signs are being placed at public access points at the lake. The warning advisory issued last week for Lacamas Lake remains in place.

Cyanotoxins can be harmful to people, especially young children, and deadly for small pets that drink the water. At lakes with warning advisories… Read More