A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Cities face new mandate on river trash

Written April 21st, 2024 by Hasso Hering

As if cities like Albany don’t have enough to do, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is proposing to list sections of the Willamette River as “impaired” by trash. This will trigger new regulations under the federal Clean Water Act, and cities likely will bear the brunt of a new mandate.

You’re advised: There’s smog in the air

Written August 14th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

As if we couldn’t tell by looking around on these very hot days, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality on Monday issued an “air quality advisory” for the south Willamette Valley because of smog and wildfire smoke.

About that gas-power car ban in ’35

Written December 20th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

It’s surprising that there has been so little reaction or pushback since Oregon state rule makers on Monday went ahead with their plan to ban sales of piston-driven cars and pickups starting in 2035.

Riverside trash would be a federal offense

Written June 5th, 2022 by Hasso Hering

Willamette Riverkeeper, a Portland-based group, wants Oregon state environmental regulators to make rules declaring riverside trash to be in violation of the federal Clean Water Act.

Question for the DEQ: How much and when?

Written November 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon state government is about to adopt a program to all but stop the use of fossil fuels over the next 28 years. It seems strange that in describing the program for the general public, the administration of Governor Brown never says what this would do to citizens in Albany and elsewhere in the […]

Two years on: Water Gardens still in danger

Written August 31st, 2021 by Hasso Hering

In case you have forgotten, it was more than two years ago that the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined Albany $5,400 and gave the city 90 days to submit a plan to stop underground leaks from the Talking Water Gardens.

The Waverly Duck and bigger stories

Written May 16th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

The Waverly Duck is back on the Albany pond for which it is named. That was one item of news the city council got in City Manager Peter Troedsson’s weekly summary Friday. The other items were a bigger deal, and one posed a puzzle.

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