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HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Caught in the act: Surreptitious dumping

Written December 21st, 2018 by Hasso Hering

Sometimes video surveillance of public property pays off. Consider, for example, the entrance to Albany’s Water Gardens, which not too long ago somebody mistook for a good place to discard a couch.


After this fire, an excess of caution?

Written August 29th, 2018 by Hasso Hering

You can’t say Albany city officials are not cautious. Overly, extra, super cautious sometimes. As when they kept Simpson Park and the Talking Water Gardens off limits a full day after a fire nearly a mile away was put out.


Suit details city damage claims

Written December 7th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany is asserting damage claims totaling some $84 million in the lawsuit it has filed over problems at the city’s wastewater treatment plant and the nearby constructed wetlands, the Talking Water Gardens.


Wastewater woes: Millions at stake

Written December 1st, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Albany and Millersburg completed their new wastewater treatment plant on the Willamette River in 2009 at a cost of around $70 million borrowed from the state. Three years later, for about $14 million, they finished the Talking Water Gardens. Neither project has worked entirely as planned, and now the cities may go to court over […]


Water Gardens: Talking again

Written April 28th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

  Albany’s Talking Water Gardens once again has plenty of water after being almost drained over the past few weeks to help get new plants established in the shallow ponds. The plant cover has been an issue, because without it these constructed wetlands can’t meet their intended purpose of reducing the temperature of water being discharged […]


One small symbol of decay

Written March 20th, 2016 by Hasso Hering

For 11 years now, this bridge on Albany’s Cox Creek has been restricted to one lane, with concrete barriers and piles of gravel closing half of it. It looks like a permanent symbol of our crumbling infrastructure, which in itself may be a sign that our civilization is slowly falling apart.


How about fixing this bridge?

Written October 22nd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Albany and Millersburg like to show off their Talking Water Gardens. But to get there, visitors first have to pass over this sad-looking bridge. While the water gardens have won awards as an ingenious system for treating and cooling wastewater, the gateway to it seems to reflect a regrettable degree of infrastructure neglect.


Will this fence keep anyone out?

Written September 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

This is the fence the city of Albany says it was required to build on he back side of the Talking Water Gardens. Now that it’s finished, it looks fine but I still don’t see why it was needed or how it makes much sense.


Talking Waters: Upkeep required

Written June 23rd, 2015 by Hasso Hering

It’s not as though Albany’s Talking Water Gardens just sits there, minding its own business and tolerating the odd cyclist pedaling along its trails. No, it evidently requires a fair amount of maintenance to keep it looking like a natural landscape and performing the water-cleaning job for which it was built.


Want to relax? Watch this …

Written May 14th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

Click on the video and you’ll see a whole fleet of not-so-little ducklings in what looks like a feeding frenzy at Albany’s Talking Water Gardens. Why show this? In case you need something totally mundane and unexciting to watch.


 
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