HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Is it running? Checking on Albany Hydro

Written April 11th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

Sunday afternoon found the bike and me once again at the gates of Albany’s historic Vine Street water treatment plant and hydropower generating station.


Verdict on two canal bridges: In OK shape

Written April 4th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

With all the talk about America’s supposedly crumbling “infrastructure,” it might be worth noting that inspections have found two 90-year-old bridges on Albany’s Santiam Canal to be in fine shape.


‘Ridiculous, trashy’ barbed wire

Written March 7th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Jim Ketter doesn’t know how much longer his brain tumor will allow him to live. Before he goes, he’d like the city of Albany to do something about the fencing that lines the Santiam Canal.


Hydro may resume any time

Written December 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

The generator in Albany’s Vine Street powerhouse has been quiet this fall, a period when normally it would have been running. But it may start up again in a matter of days and once again earning money from electricity sales.


Students tackle bike path study

Written April 18th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

It was in 1973 that that a group of seniors at Oregon State University had an assignment of designing bikeways for the city of Albany, and the Periwinkle Bikepath was the result. Now another group of students, from the University of Oregon this time, has taken on a similar challenge. It may be too much to expect a similar […]


Finally: Albany-Lebanon canal deal

Written February 21st, 2016 by Hasso Hering

The long-running dispute between Albany and Lebanon over the Santiam Canal is about to be settled, and the public works staffs and lawyers of both cities deserve the credit for working out the details.


River’s rise stops Albany hydro

Written December 16th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Trying to make money from its small hydropower generator, the city of Albany can’t seem to catch a break. Much of last year there was too little water to run the turbine, and now there is too much.


 
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