Odor Hot Line Launched Where City Meets Country

Something that smelled like a wet dog that rolled in manure and a report of a pungent, foul odor that has persisted for the last 13 years are among the calls so far to a 24-hour "odor hot line."

The city of Woodland set up the hot line to help investigate a recent flood of complaints about nasty smells in a place where urban growth has encroached on areas that once were strictly devoted to farming.

Callers are urged to be specific - noting the time, place and wind direction when the odor was detected - and are asked to use descriptions, such as musty, pungent, compost-like, swampy or
smelling of wet hay.

The city uses the information to recommend solutions for reducing the smell, such as treating wastewater.

In Woodland, the city's wastewater treatment plant and a tomato cannery near Interstate 5 have so far been identified as the two most stinky culprits.

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