HASSO HERING

A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

“Toxics” in the water: What to do?

Written April 28th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has released the results of a seven-year study of “toxic chemicals” in the state’s waterways. Too bad the report is not as useful as one would wish.


On the riverfront: Site for sale

Written March 27th, 2015 by Hasso Hering

The riverfront is my beat, as I may have mentioned from time to time, and the other day I could not help but notice that plans for an “upper-scale” apartment complex near Bowman Park seem to have fallen through. The vacant property of nearly 6 acres at 595 Geary St. N.E. is for sale.


No walking on the river, please

Written December 28th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Or biking either. The parks department put up barriers at Albany’s Bowman Park, just in case anybody was tempted to venture into the Willamette River to reach the floating dock out there.


Look at all that wasted rain

Written December 23rd, 2014 by Hasso Hering

The flooding that had been forecast for the Willamette River over the last few days did not materialize. But there’s still a lot of water running down the river past Albany. Shouldn’t we try to store some of that water?


Life lessons from the sheriff’s log

Written September 29th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

If you want to be reminded of simple rules for staying out of trouble, just take a casual glance at the summarized activity log of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.


Rain and the cost of compliance

Written September 26th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Barring an appeal to the Land Use Board of Appeals, Albany’s program of keeping rainwater from new developments from reaching the Willamette River will start in 2015. It will come with significant new costs, and while the program makes sense as a concept, the people paying the bill might be happier if the benefits were as […]


Why they can swim here

Written August 12th, 2014 by Hasso Hering

Lucky are the residents of cities situated on decent-sized rivers. Doubly lucky if their city has had the foresight to provide for riverside parks.


 
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