HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


Freezing rain and greenhouse gases

Written February 12th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

While we’re having an ice storm in the Albany area and much of western Oregon, this might be a good time to think about what the state government has in mind for us in terms of our ability to get around, or to keep warm if we stay home.


Willamette water quality: Update the info

Written January 30th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

We’re supposed to be concerned about — or at least interested in — the water quality in our rivers. But if you’re looking for up-to-date summaries on the Willamette from the Oregon DEQ, you’re out of luck.


DEQ revises stormwater rules Albany fought

Written January 6th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Two years ago the city of Albany went to court to block new state regulations on the discharge of stormwater, saying that the rules went beyond what the federal Clean Water Act demands and would cost city ratepayers $5-7 million over five years. Now an agreement may be at hand.


Why there’s steam erupting off Clark Path

Written September 30th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Once again Albany’s Dave Clark Riverfront Path has been temporarily blocked by sewer work. It’s an interesting project marked by geyser-like eruptions of — steam!


Corona Days: Meanwhile at Talking Waters

Written April 3rd, 2020 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s Talking Water Gardens remain open to the public during the corona crisis, but visitors may find the waters silent, and lower than they used to be. What’s going on?


DEQ has new plan to reduce mercury in river

Written November 25th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The DEQ announced on Monday it had issued its plan for reducing mercury pollution in the Willamette River. Whatever other merits this may have, it also gave me a pretext for using this photo of the river I took last month.


 
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