Patrolling my riverfront beat on Friday afternoon on the bike, I could not help but notice that the Willamette had risen rather sharply over the last few days. Looks like the Corps upped its releases from the upstream dams.
The river rose 6 feet, from 8 to 14 feet on the Albany gauge, from Sunday through Friday afternoon. The crest was 14.3 feet, and the forecast is for the water level to go down over the next few days.
At Bryant Park, the Calapooia River backed up into the park near its confluence with the Willamette, as it usually does in winter and spring. The Calapooia has no dams to regulate its flow (the Holley and Cascadia projects having been scratched decades ago), but this stream, too, was running higher than it had been for a while.
Not much that’s new on the riverfront these days. So highlighting the scenery will have to do. (hh)