I just found out that a hog farm has been proposed to be constructed uphill of Devils Lake ND. When I first heard about this I thought it was a joke as why on earth would anyone let a hog farm happen in the direct run off path to the lake.
But nope, not a joke, someone has applied for a permit to build a hog farm uphill from the lake.
I did some digging and apparently hog farms and lakes don't mix, in particular in Green Bay within the Great Lakes which has "dead zones" where lacking oxygen strikes the bay in most summers. Nutrients such as manure flow into the lake and help produce algae which causes the issues.
Lets just imagine that for a minute; Devils Lake goes from a rockstar fishery to a summer "dead zone" for fish and even more algae. Now wouldn't that be a kick to the gut.
I've been told that the ND Health Department has never turned down one of these applications (I'm not sure if that is true or not, I find it hard to believe, but who knows). My ask is for any and all concerned anglers to call in the ND Health Department and find out what they are doing to ensure the lake isn't negatively impacted by this or any hog farms. The phone number is 701-328-2372 and they will transfer you to the Water Quality department.
ND isn't like MN who has a very powerful DNR which protects the resources. ND is much more of a agricultural backed state, as sportsmen we need to do our part to help protect the natural resources we value. Please take 5 min to express any concern you may have to a proposed hog farm uphill of Devils Lake.