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Transportation: Skamania County is served
by two major east-west highways: the Lewis & Clark
Highway (WA State Route 14) and the Interstate 84
freeway corridor (on the Oregon side of the Columbia
River). As the density of development in the Portland-Vancouver
metropolitan area (only 45 miles away) increases,
more firms are seeking out the lower cost, less congested
and high amenity locations in communities within commuting
distance of the metro area.
Portland International Airport is a full service
airport located only 30 miles to the west. Fourteen
major commercial carriers, three regional airlines
and 18 all-cargo carriers serve the airport (PDX).
I-84 provides congestion-free, east-west freeway travel
through the National Scenic Area year-round, making
the Gorge more accessible to PDX than many places
in the Portland metro area.
Burlington Northern Railroad provides freight service
in Skamania County. Industrial team track and reload
facilities for the Union Pacific Railroad are located
in Cascade Locks, Oregon less than 5 miles away.
Utilities: Skamania County Public Utility
District is the service provider for residential,
commercial and industrial power consumers in Skamania
County. The utility's status as a PUD and a preferential
customer of the BPA provides for a virtually unlimited
supply of low cost, highly reliable hydroelectric
power. Two natural gas suppliers serve Skamania County.
Northwest Natural Gas serves the community of Carson
and the city of North Bonneville. The Washington Water
Power Company serves the city of Stevenson. Abundant
supplies of gas are expected to be available into
the foreseeable future.
Water and Sewer: There are four publicly owned
water systems in Skamania County. The cities of Stevenson
and North Bonneville have municipal water systems.
Skamania County PUD owns and operates two public water
systems; one in Carson and one in Underwood. The remainder
of the county is served by small community systems
and individual wells.
Sewer systems are located in Stevenson and North
Bonneville. All other areas of the county are on septic