HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Not your usual bike path sign …

Written March 13th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Now there’s something to look forward to if you take the Dave Clark Path along the Willamette River in Albany to finish a long ride on a hot summer’s day. “Cold beer ahead.” Could there be a more welcome sign to cheer the hearts of  weary travelers? Or path walkers, as the case may be? […]


Water still high? Yup.

Written February 17th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Here’s what things looked like on Bryant Way outside of Albany this afternoon, Feb. 17. And for a related view …


Our Willamette: Unlawfully warm?

Written October 22nd, 2013 by Hasso Hering

A federal law, the Clean Water Act, gives regulators the authority to say what conditions they would like to see in our rivers. But nature does not necessarily cooperate, and then there’s the potential for conflict and a lot of public expense. We’re at that stage in Oregon. Since 2003 the state DEQ, under the […]


Cool Willamette: Costs may rise

Written October 19th, 2013 by Hasso Hering

Albany borrowed and then spent upwards of $70 million in recent years to comply with clean-water regulations on the Willamette River. The city modernized and expanded its sewage treatment plant and constructed the “Talking Waters” wetlands project. Now there’s a possibility it may not have been enough.


The riverfront’s my beat

Written August 8th, 2013 by

Here’s a boat of a kind you don’t see every day. I spotted it Thursday afternoon in the parking lot at Albany’s Takena Landing Park. I loitered for a while hoping to learn more about this apparently home-built craft, but the owner didn’t show. What struck me was the unusual shape: Completely flat on the bottom — […]


Launch at your own risk

Written July 30th, 2013 by

If you’ve thought of launching your canoe from Takena Landing Park, a note of caution. The Willamette River looks placid from afar, and even up close it seems harmless. But there’s a strong current pushing against the upstream side of the dock, made even stronger than the river current itself by the flow around the […]


Our rivers: Cleanup pays off

Written July 3rd, 2013 by

These last few days of warm weather have brought home once again how clean our rivers are, especially compared to half a century ago. If they weren’t, people would not go near them. And as we’ve seen lately, lots of people do seek out the Willamette and Santiam rivers, among others, to have a little […]


 
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