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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Where did the ditch go?

Written April 30th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Nobody seems to love what’s left of Albany’s Thurston Street Canal. Decades ago it was turned into a narrow ditch. The water flow is very sluggish. Now somebody was kind enough to cut the grass on the banks. But look where the cuttings ended up: In the ditch, making an already¬†stagnant waterway even more so.

Albany canals: A plan unfulfilled

Written April 7th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Every time I see this fence on the Albany-Santiam Canal, I’m reminded of the Town Center Plan the city council adopted in 1995. The barbed wire is a sign of one of the unfulfilled hopes that the plan contained.

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