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December 11, 2009 / vancouverrealestateconnection

Washington State – Clark County – I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project


The BPA announced that they will be dropping four segments (27, 31, 42 and 44), one of the possible routes they were considering for the high-voltage transmission line cutting through Clark County. Section 31 brought the most concern from citizens. Dropping this route will eliminate 500+ homes that would have been impacted by the transmission lines placement. BPA recieved over 3000 comments during their scoping process that ended mid-December. It is sure that Clark County will continue to have a watchful eye on the agency as the continue their research and move towards a final decision the next few years. For a full article on this issue, visit


In July of this year, the heat wave we experienced gave light to our regions power system. The media and community began to question if the power system could support the demand created by the increased use of ac units and whether it would hold up under this strain. In effort to address this concern, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is proposing to build the I-5 Corridor Reinforcement Project. This new 500-kilovolt transmission line would be about 70 miles long and extend from Castle Rock, WA to Troutdale, OR. The BPA feels this project  would strengthen the transmission grid and bolster the ability to meet the needs of future power demands.

This project however is not free from resistance in here in Clark County. Currently a portion of the project’s proposal focuses developed in the easement along Segment #31. This project will affect the community that lives along Segment #31. In response to this proposal, community members have formed a group (Citizens Against Segment 31 – CASE 31) to address BPA with issues such as the environmental impact, the health effects of high voltage power lines and the de-value of property.

BPA has a plan over the next few years to conduct fieldwork and analysis in regards to the environmental impact, with the goal of announcing the agency’s decision spring 2012. There is a lot considered about this important issue. Our community needs the additional power to support the increase in demand and to plan for our future needs. Yet the location of this transmission line and its impact is critical. BPA needs to carefully consider not only the environmental effects (a great deal of area needs to be cleared to safely build and maintain the transmission line), but also the impact this will have on those living near this construction. As with any issue that effects our community, the best plan of action is to become informed (to start see suggested links below) and get involved:

You can submit your comments or concerns online through Dec. 14, 2009 to BPA


Suggested Link:

 Bonneville Power Administration
Environmental Protection Agency
Clark County Website

Search For Homes in Vancouver and Clark County 




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