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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Smelly sludge — a way forward?

Written January 15th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

After years of study and weighing alternatives, Albany public works officials say the best way to deal with smelly solids at the Albany-Millersburg sewage treatment plant is to build an off-site facility to turn the sludge into class-A compost that could be sold or given away.


Suit details city damage claims

Written December 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany is asserting damage claims totaling some $84 million in the lawsuit it has filed over problems at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and the nearby constructed wetlands, the Talking Water Gardens.


Wastewater woes: Millions at stake

Written December 1st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany and Millersburg completed their new wastewater treatment plant on the Willamette River in 2009 at a cost of around $70 million borrowed from the state. Three years later, for about $14 million, they finished the Talking Water Gardens. Neither project has worked entirely as planned, and now the cities may go to court over […]


Still struggling with stinky sludge

Written June 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Albany just can’t seem to catch a break with the problem of solid waste at the joint Albany-Millersburg sewage treatment plant. As the weather warmed this spring, on bike rides past the plant and downwind from it, I once again noticed the outhouse odor that caused neighbors to petition the Albany City Council for a solution […]


 
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