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July 6, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Williston sewage lagoon overtaxed by growing population

See: http://www.grandforksherald.com/news/region/3779550-williston-sewage-lagoon-overtaxed-growing-population

Williston’s sewage lagoon system can’t handle the city’s expanding population and concerns are growing about the impact it’s having on the backwaters of the Missouri River and headwaters of Lake Sakakawea.

Six fish kills have been reported this year in or near a marsh where Williston discharges 19 million gallons of treated wastewater each week.

Stakeholders differ in how much blame they assign the city for the fish die-offs, or whether other factors contributed to their deaths. But water quality tests confirm that levels of ammonia where wastewater empties into the marsh have been toxic to fish.

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