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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


At stake with DEQ: Saving Talking Waters

Written November 1st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

On June 13, the state Department of Environmental Quality gave the city of Albany 90 days to come up with a plan to stop leaks from Talking Water Gardens. The deadline has passed, but evidently it wasn’t meant to be met.


DEQ fines city over Talking Water leaks

Written July 16th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

[youtube video=”gORTN-44Hck” rel=”0″] Listening to the calming murmurs of Albany’s Talking Water Gardens on a sunny afternoon, you would not think there could be a problem. But there is, or at least the DEQ thinks it’s a problem.


Albany going to court over DEQ permit

Written January 24th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The state Department of Environmental Quality’s latest move to control the discharge of stormwater will cause the city of Albany and property owners all kinds of problems, so the city is going to court.


Where the water rates a ‘fair’

Written July 6th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

It’s not exactly Zuma Beach, let alone the French Riviera, but as an occasional swimming hole this spot on the Calapooia River upstream of the Queen Avenue bridge has its uses during the mid-valley summer. At least for a few people, as in this shot from June 30.


Rain tax ? Uncertainty prevails

Written March 23rd, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The rules under which small Oregon towns will have to operate their storm water systems are still in flux, and how costly they will be and what effect they will have on Albany’s eventual rain tax nobody knows.


 
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