A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Water plan: Study replacing Vine Street plant

Written June 3rd, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Readers of Albany’s proposed water master plan may get the feeling that the city’s historic water and electric plant on Vine Street is not long for this world.

Canal crash rescue: Here’s what happened

Written February 15th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

We now have an account of what happened when a car with three people inside crashed through the fence at Third Avenue and Vine Street and landed upside down in the Santiam Canal.

A crash into canal; no effect on city water

Written February 13th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

On Tuesday the end of the Santiam Canal at Third Avenue bore the signs of a car crash into the canal. I stopped the bike to take a look, but details of the accident remain scarce.

Muddy streams and the future of dams

Written November 18th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

The source of Albany’s drinking water continues to carry a lot of sediment or mud, but so far the stuff coming out of our taps is just as clear as always.

The mud flows in the Willamette, too

Written November 9th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

It’s not just the South Santiam River and the Albany-Santiam Canal that are running dirty brown these days. The Willamette River water is almost as muddy as the canal.

Muddy water? It’s no problem, city says

Written November 7th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Albany’s two treatment plants have been dealing with a raw-water supply that is unusually muddy. The question is whether this is causing any problems.

Canal water looked like milky coffee

Written November 5th, 2023 by Hasso Hering

Going up the Third Avenue bridge from Bryant Way on Saturday, I looked to my right to see if the shaft of the Albany hydropower turbine was rotating. What caught my attention instead was the two-tone coloring of the Calapooia River below.

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