Nevada County, CA –A local activist is calling on the Board of Supervisors to enact an emergency ordinance to ban and remove all private swimming pools in Nevada County. “Moonash,” the founder SASP (Smart Approaches to Swimming Pools) and a part-time store clerk living with his band Pythagorean Bogina in Allegheny, CA started SASP because he believes swimming pools unfairly use too much water in Nevada County.
“Well, yeah,” said a slow-speaking Moonash in an exclusive Gish Gallop interview at Nevada City’s boardwalk, “I mean there are all these communal swimming pools everywhere. We ‘gots the Pioneer Park one. [Editor’s note: there was a 23 second pause in the interview] We ‘gots, like, all kinds of pools and slides in Roseville. And oh yeah, there’s Papa Yuba. The time is now before swimming pool season kicks in.”
Details are slim at the moment, but from what Gish Gallop has been able to gather, the proposed emergency ordinance will require the immediate removal of all backyard swimming pools due to their “unnecessary and onerous use of communal waters that do not contribute value to the community.” The ban is modeled after a recent and particularly draconian ordinance recently passed in neighboring Yuba County.
County conservatives were quick to respond.
“Copying the Yuba County ban would be a waste of our county’s limited resources, particularly because Nevada County has consistently demonstrated a more sensible approach to backyard pools than our financially devastated neighbors in Yuba County,” said conservative activist Brock Whalen from his Lake Wildwood home. “Yuba, as a result of their ban, now is quagmired with implementing an ordinance they can’t afford to enforce and, at the same time, defending itself against multiple lawsuits, all at enormous expense to every taxpayer.”
Some critics of the proposed no-pool ordinance were even more outspoken and were calling for even more resistance of what they are calling “government overreach.”
“This is a prime example of the government getting into every nook and cranny of our lives,” said pro-private pool activists Don Bessee and Stephen De Sena in a joint press release. “We can not stand idly by and watch the government tell us what to do in our backyards. Next it’s our wells. After that, our bodily fluids. Enough is enough. Liberty must reign.”
At the time of this writing, Moonash said that he’s due in front of the Board of Supervisors sometime next week.