Sense of Place lecture Jan. 15 explores Hanford

A lecture entitled “Hanford's Nuclear Legacy: The Impact on our River Today,” will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 15, at Springhouse Cellar (13 Railroad St.) in Hood River.

One hundred and sixty miles east of Hood River lies the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River – home of the B-reactor, where America produced the plutonium to power the atomic bomb dropped on Nagasaki.

Despite environmental concerns and tremendous challenges ahead, there are ongoing efforts in cleaning up the Hanford site and assessing the impact to the Columbia River.

Brett VandenHeuvel of Columbia Riverkeeper will describe Hanford’s past and present from the perspective of a float down the Hanford Reach, a trip he does each year. Riverkeeper’s Hanford Coordinator Theresa Labriola will focus on the clean-up actions and what to expect in the future.

Springhouse Cellar will open their doors at 6 p.m. and the lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. There is a $5 suggested donation.

The lecture is sponsored by the Columbia Gorge Earth Center.

Upcoming Sense of Place lectures include:

n Feb. 19, Scott Burns and Marjorie Burns, “Cataclysms on the Columbia: The Great Missoula Floods.”

n March 19, Arthur Babitz, “Visible Change: The Transformation of the Hood River Valley As Seen in the Photographic Record.”

The Columbia Gorge Earth Center is a nonprofit organization based in Hood River. For more information visit www.cgec.org.

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