A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

All that winter rain — could we sell it?

Written December 1st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

Once again this fall, as usual, we have rain, lots and lots of rain. The Willamette River is running full without doing anybody any good. All around us we have water, way too much water. So when I came across this shot of a sign outside the Oregon store at PDX, taken in September, I had […]

There’s good news in rain, for now

Written October 22nd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

We got some heavy rain across western Oregon on Wednesday afternoon, as the video makes plain, and I was happy to notice that the National Weather Service predicted rain for northern California as well.

Be glad for our storage dams

Written October 10th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Looking at California’s drought makes the traveler — at least this one — doubly grateful for the 13 dams in the Willamette River Basin. Even in relatively dry years, these storage and flow-regulating dams store enough water to keep the tributaries and the main river at levels high enough to assure an adequate supply, especially […]

Pot tax and the CA drought

Written October 7th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

(An update to the story below: Albany’s ordinance to impose a sales tax on recreational marijuana was read once at the Oct. 8 council meeting. Even though it was not voted on, it will appear again on the Oct. 22 agenda under the council’s rules of procedure.) While I’m taking a look at the California drought, […]

California drought and Oregon water

Written January 31st, 2014 by Hasso Hering

California is having its driest winter season in a century and a half. We should not be surprised if sooner or later, somebody tries to revive the schemes of 30 or 40 years ago to tap the rivers of Oregon to help the nation’s biggest state survive.

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