HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


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.


 
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