DNR to Appeal Court Decision Regarding White Bear Lake Water Levels

DNR to Appeal Court Decision Regarding White Bear Lake Water Levels Photo: KSTP/Jay Kolls

September 26, 2017 04:47 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources plans to appeal a Ramsey County Court ruling it says places "unnecessary burdens" on White Bear Lake area residents, according to a release.

The ruling states if water levels on the lake remain below 923.5 feet above sea level, irrigation and development restrictions would be put into place.

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The DNR said in its release that if the court ruling is not overturned, residential watering would be banned, impacting more than 500,000 residents in the area. The ruling would also impact construction projects within five miles of the lake that hold temporary water permits. The department says this would stall road construction, utility work and residential developments within the community.

"The DNR is firmly committed to protecting our lakes river and aquifers," DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said in a statement. "But unnecessary water restrictions can be profoundly disruptive to people, our economy and communities."

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According to DNR data, White Bear Lake's water levels have remained under the proposed 923.5 feet for 48 of the last 58 years.

The DNR has until Oct. 30 to appeal the court's decision.

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