Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington seeks public input on design of new watershed wayfinding signs

The current signs are green and white and feature a salmon in the middle

VANCOUVER — In the mid-1990s, the Clark County Public Works Clean Water division installed watershed signs where named streams cross streets to help familiarize the community with Clark County’s various waterways. Nearly 25 years later, Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington is asking the community to choose the next sign design.

The current signs are green and white and feature a salmon in the middle. Since their installation, many signs have become damaged, or have disappeared, and are in need of replacement. The public can vote on one of three new designs, which feature different salmon designs to honor the iconic species and signify a bright new future for Clark County watersheds.

“These signs help educate our community about our precious waterways that make Clark County such an amazing place to live,” said Clean Water Outreach Specialist Eric Lambert. “We want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to help choose the new signs that will be a part of this community for years to come.”

Stormwater Partners of Southwest Washington, a coalition of local jurisdictions and organizations including Clark County and the cities of Vancouver, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Camas and Washougal, received a grant from the Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board to repair and replace up to 250 signs. The grant also funds the creation of an interactive StoryMap about Clark County watersheds, where the community can learn more about the watersheds, and what things they can do to protect water quality.

The new designs will be open to voting for two weeks, from Oct. 14, to Oct. 27. Votes can be logged at or on Clark County’s Nextdoor account. The winning design will be unveiled in early 2020, when crews begin installing the new signs.

Information provided by Clark Co. WA Communications.

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