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Linda's Gardens owners keep up fight against sewage pond

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It's a continued fight between a staple small business of the Sioux Falls Farmers Market, and a local sewage district.


Linda's Gardens is just NE of Chester in Lake County. For nearly a decade, the owners have been fighting the local sanitary sewage districts to keep them from putting a sewage lagoon next door.

Now, they're taking legal action, filing one lawsuit against the Department of Environmental and National Resources. The other, a nuisance violation against the sanitary district.

Jim and Linda Krsnak have lived on their Lake County property for sixteen years.

They started Linda's Gardens where they grow and sell everything from fresh flowers, fresh herbs and plenty of vegetables.

Now, there's more concern after Lake County moved forward with plans to place a third sewage lagoon, or pond, right next door.

"We have found no one in county, state or federal government who is willing to stand with us on this fight," Linda Krsnak said.

It's a fight that's lasted almost a decade with the value of their property, their product and their health all in jeopardy.

"Because of the gasses that are released from the sewage ponds in the spring, we have odors quite frequently and that's an issue not only for us but for our employees," Linda Krsnak said.

The Chester Sanitary District has already built two sewage ponds back in 2001. The proposed Brant Lake Sewage Pond would go right next to it, twice as big. Linda's Gardens is just 600 feet to the north.

The Chester Sanitary District has already built two sewage ponds 10 years ago. The proposed Brant Lake Sewage pond would go right next door and be twice as big. If you look up the road, Linda's Gardens is just 600 feet to the north.

"We have no idea if we're going to have a business by the end of the year or if we'll be able to live here because of the impacts this has on our property," Linda said.

The Brant Lake Sanitary District's attorney tells KSFY plans to build a new sewage pond would have little, or no effect, on Linda's Gardens. That's because the pipeline they plan to use and the way the land is set-up will push discharge to the south and east, away from Linda's Gardens.

The district claims sewage ponds have been successfully built around homes all over eastern  South Dakota, with no complaints.

The Krsnak's will keep up their fight with the county, the state and even environmental agencies like the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources. However, they admit they're slowly losing hope.

"It's hard to enjoy life with this big cloud hanging over you," Jim Krsnak said.

"How do you put a price on your dreams and everything you've worked for years and years? How do you put a price on everything we've taught other growers and producers. How do you walk away from that?" Linda said.

 

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