Lizzy Hershberger lives in the same community as the Fillmore County, Minnesota Amish group who won an appeal case at the Supreme Court last week. She is concerned over wastewater leaking into the ground in her area. Hershberger said that she was “devastated that this is the outcome.”
This caught my attention as I believe this is the first opposition – or at least strong opposition – I’ve seen reported from an actual non-Amish resident of the area. Perhaps there have been some other examples of that, but in large part it has seemed that the reported complaints have been formal ones originating mainly from governmental bodies. Hershberger offers at least one non-Amish citizen’s perspective. From KTTC:
“It’s very unfortunate that it’s been going on this long,” Hershberger said. “But this is not the outcome I was expecting.”
Hershberger left her Amish home when she was 17. While she is no longer part of the Amish community, she lives in the area with her family.
“Personally, I would not be able to live here if nothing gets done,” she said.
Hershberger worries about wastewater from the home seeping into the ground and contaminating her drinking water.
“Other residents aren’t going to be happy about this either,” she added.
It seems she feels this is a serious danger in the community. However, it strikes me that this situation has existed for many years now – 15 years or longer – though the dates cited in the video are from about seven years back.
That causes me to question how serious the danger is actually considered to be. If there was a serious and imminent danger from the local Amish method of dealing with gray water, it seems this would have caused a move some time ago. Perhaps her concern has grown as the Amish population has expanded?
Here’s the full video report from KTTC: