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Spirit Lake Tribe, North Dakota

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Area officials are studying a microwave water treatment plant. Members of the tribe, the Devils Lake Joint Water Board, the state Health Department and the Army Corps of Engineers went to Atlanta recently to discuss the idea with a Georgia scientist. The process could treat up to 300 cubic feet of water per second that would be discharged from Devils Lake. "We're not setting our hearts on it, and we're definitely not saying that no, it's not worth pursuing," said water board manager Mike Connor. "We're going to continue to look at it. Researcher James Hunt is scheduled to visit Devils Lake this spring.