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A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

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.


What was up at Talking Water Gardens?

Written January 26th, 2021 by Hasso Hering

That’s what reader Jennifer Munro wondered a few days ago. “All of the waterfalls/moving water have been shut off the last two times I’ve gone.”


Big tree down on Cox Creek Path

Written September 27th, 2020 by Hasso Hering

There is often something to see on Albany’s Cox Creek Path. On Sunday afternoon it was this dead tree that had crashed across the path.


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?


Cycling the Water Gardens on a cold day

Written November 30th, 2019 by Hasso Hering

A cold and gray afternoon, like the last day of November for instance, is a good time for a cycling tour of the Talking Water Gardens. Because pedestrians are almost entirely absent on the trails.


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

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.


 
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