Camp Melacoma close to reopening

first_imgIt appears that Washougal’s Camp Melacoma will reopen this summer, now that it has a way to treat water containing naturally occurring arsenic that forced its closure four years ago. “We can hardly wait to get the kids back in here,” said Dodi Jensen, who with her husband Andy Jensen are caretakers of the 120-acre former Camp Fire facility. The couple are inviting volunteers this weekend and the next to help clear trails, paint and prepare the bunkhouses to welcome campers this summer.The rustic youth camp and surrounding forest are more than 13 miles north of state Highway 14 in Skamania County, just off the winding Washougal River Road. The Jensens expect to install a water treatment system within the next 30 days, said Dodi Jensen. She reported good news from a recent site inspection by state and county health department officials, Janet Cherry, a regional engineer with the Washington Department of Health, and Nikki Hollatz, an environmental health specialist with Skamania County.“They’re not going to make us do the 11-month pilot study,” Jensen said, referring to a typical waiting and testing period to be sure the system is working.last_img