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Published May 01, 2013, 04:04 PM

Familiar stench a welcome sign of spring in Devils Lake

People in Devils Lake might have noticed a familiar spring stench in the air. The Devils Lake Lemna wastewater treatment plant is thawing, releasing a smell some liken to a sewer.

By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ

People in Devils Lake might have noticed a familiar spring stench in the air. The Devils Lake Lemna wastewater treatment plant is thawing, releasing a smell some liken to a sewer.

It's a yearly tradition for Devils Lake residents to deal with the stink but some say it actually might be welcomed this year. Lemna is a plant that naturally treats waste water. The Devils Lake Lemna facility is the largest in the country, but the byproduct of natural filtration is an overwhelming stench that will likely cover the entire town once temperatures warm up a little more. The smell has become one of the first signs of spring here in Devils Lake, and after this long winter locals say any sign of warm weather is welcomed even if it smells like a sewer. Depending on the wind the stench can reach the entire town, but locals say it smells the worst at Wal-Mart.

Once temperatures really heat up, the smell will be nearly unbearable for three or four days, and will remain noticeable near the plant for the rest of the summer.

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