|One of the places I have been going to is Talking Waters in Albany. It is a great place to take a walk, do some birdwatching, and take photos. There used to be a lumber mill and a railroad on site. These have been torn down. Now it is part of a water treatment area. Clean water leaving the water treatment plant is too warm. Talking Waters was developed to cool the water before it is returned to the Willamette River through a series of waterfalls and weirs where the water can be oxygenated and cooled. It is the sound of the waterfalls that give it the name of Talking Water. It is environmentally engineered so it uses natural processes and wetlands to do this. These wetlands are a magnet to local wildlife. They have documented over a hundred species of birds and small mammals that have visited or nested here. There are about two miles of trails throughout this place that make it a great place to go out and enjoy nature.