South Dakota state government is once again infringing on individual freedom under the guise of public health mandates:
The swimming beach at Lake Alvin Recreation Area near Harrisburg is currently closed due to unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water.
Routine testing done by the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks showed that there were unhealthy levels of bacteria in the water due to an increased amount of runoff from recent heavy rain.
“Following heavy rains, we often see an increase in the amount of runoff into our lakes and streams. That runoff picks up contaminants along the way, and deposits them into the water,” District Park Supervisor Jason Baumann said in a press release [Marissa Lute, “Lake Alvin Closed to Swimming Until Further Notice, GFP Says,” KELO-TV, 2021.09.06].
Translation: manure runs downhill, and rain helps it run downhill from all those CAFOs and farm fields into Lake Alvin. And ag-industrial runoff shuts Lake Alvin down for swimming pretty much every summer (2020, 2019, 2018…).
But come on! I thought our Governor promised us freedom! Doesn’t she trust us to make our own health choices any more? Mandates like this sound like fascist oppression, right, Representative Jon Hansen?