Study Hopes to Save Shrinking White Bear Lake
The Metropolitan Council will hire a consultant to, hopefully, figure out a way to save the shrinking shoreline of White Bear Lake.
The water level has dropped more than five feet over the past five years, and the Met Council is trying to figure out a way to stop that troubling trend. The study will look at the possibility of pumping water from the Mississippi River into White Bear Lake.
How much it will cost and how long it will take are the two biggest questions that need to be answered.
The Met Council tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS that the water supply of more than a 100 communities in the Northeast metro will also be part of the study.
A Met Council spokesperson says the declining water level in White Bear Lake is simply the "Canary in a coal mine." The Met Council thinks many other lakes in the metro are experiencing noticeable drops in their water levels and this study might be able to figure out a way to fix the problem, not only for White Bear Lake, but the entire metropolitan area as well.
The study will start in two weeks and is expected to be finished by the middle of January so it can be presented to lawmakers in the 2014 Legislative session.
According the the Metropolitan Council. The study is part of a larger plan to review the sustainability of water supplies in the entire metro area. The entire project will cost about $2 million. The portion focused on the northeast metro, including White Bear Lake, will cost about $1 million. The Met Council will share the cost with the U.S. Geological Survey.