Bacteria

submitted by Kelsey Murray

Kelsey Murray is a PhD candidate and adjunct professor at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. She is also the owner of the consulting firm Crossover Biomedicals. Her study found new testing methods to assess the public health risk from fecal contaminated waters by singling out and testing for genes associated with harmful forms of E. coli, including Shiga-toxigenic E. coli (STEC). 

Murray’s research included over 1000 DNA extractions from bacteria in water samples taken out of Rapid Creek and the Big Sioux River over a two-year period. 

Erin Mairose

The city of Sioux Falls is continuing to build and expand recreational areas and parks along the Big Sioux River. However, officials from the South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources say there are high levels of bacteria and nitrates in the water. They suggest only limited contact with the water and no swimming.

Jay Gilbertson talks on Dakota Midday about the polluted river. Gilbertson is with the East Dakota Water Development District. He shares his thoughts on what's happening in the river and ways it might improve.

Pollution And Recreation On The Big Sioux

Jul 11, 2016
Water testing
Erin Mairose

Water testing on the Big Sioux River shows high levels of bacteria and pollution in some areas. The South Dakota Department of Environment and Natural Resources recommends only having limited contact with the water, meaning they don’t suggest swimming in it.

But the city of Sioux Falls continues to build parks and recreation areas along the river, in the effort to foster economic development.

South Dakota Battles Superbugs

Apr 13, 2015
SD Department of Health

State Health officials say South Dakota is part of a national plan to combat antibiotic resistant bacteria.

Bacteria evolve quickly and many strains have now become immune to antibiotics that used to stop them.  Global health officials are expressing increasing concern over the rise of so called “super bugs.”    

Angela Jackley is with the South Dakota Department of Health.