'Sickening' Smells Drowning Out Scenic Seward
Lynda and Paul Paquette built their dream business together in Seward over the past 15 years.Their bed-and-breakfast cabins, located on a property known as Angels Rest, boast stunning panoramic views.“I just felt if angels went on vacation this is where they came,” Lynda said.
But about 400 feet behind their slice of heaven, just beyond a thicket of trees, there is the source of a foul nightmare they say is bad for business.“The smell is just sickening,” Paquette said.Lowell Point Wastewater Treatment Facility is where “all the domestic sewage from the community comes,” said W.C. Casey, public works director for the City of Seward.The sewage lagoon was built more than 30 years ago in Lowell Point, but only in the past couple years have residents started to complain about the odor.“For many years, it was totally innocuous,” said Michael Miller, whose mother sold to Seward the property on which the lagoon now sits. “People didn’t even know it was there. People would ask us what kind of fish they would catch at the hatchery up the road.”“Brown trout," Miller would joke.
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