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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Wetlands: Remind you of Kafka?

Written April 24th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The saga of Oregon’s regulation of dry land as “waters of the state” continues, this time in Millersburg, where the Department of State Lands has taken enforcement action on two subdivisions.

Does this look like a swamp?

Written June 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

You’re looking at the playground in Albany’s Sunrise Park.  But it’s more than that. It’s also an exhibit in the story of how bureaucracy expands when it’s allowed to distort a well-intended law.

Roadside ditches, wetlands rules

Written October 31st, 2015 by Hasso Hering

At the risk of getting lost in this regulatory swamp, let’s take a look at yet another complication arising from the morass of wetlands rules. This one is causing a year’s delay in Albany’s project to rebuild the northern stretch of Crocker Lane.

Wetlands: Another needless cost

Written October 29th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

We don’t need any more examples of the costly foolishness that is Oregon’s wetlands policy, but we have one anyway. It is the site where Albany next year will start building its new police headquarters.

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