Help keep C-W beautiful

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It’s late summer days like today — sunny with temperatures that are expected to reach 90 degrees — that make you realize how great it is to live in the Pacific Northwest. And Camas and Washougal are especially beautiful areas where a premium is placed on making sure there are plenty of parks, open spaces and recreational areas where people can enjoy the outdoors.

Mother Nature does her part, but as citizens we must also take an active role in keeping our communities beautiful places to live, work and play. With that in mind, a number of service and community clean up events are scheduled in the coming weeks.

As detailed in an article on page C4 of today’s Post-Record, on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon volunteers are being asked to meet at several different sites — River Bend Park, Sandy Swimming Hole, and Hathaway Park — to pick up trash. The event, organized by the City of Washougal, also includes an opportunity to help build a new trail.

The Lacamas Lake Clean Up is also right around the corner. Passersby may have noticed that Georgia-Pacific recently began the annual draw-down of the lake as part of its dam inspection process. This also creates the perfect opportunity for volunteers to scour the riverbanks for garbage and other discarded items that shouldn’t be there. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Volunteers should meet at the Heritage Park boat launch area on Northwest Lake Road. For more information, visit

We are lucky to live in this little pocket of the country where natural beauty is all around us. But it takes effort from the community to keep it that way.