White Bear Lake Homeowners Gain Court Victory Over DNR

August 30, 2017 10:49 PM

A Ramsey County District Court Judge handed down a victory Wednesday to White Bear Lake homowners.

The homeowners sued five years ago, claiming the DNR issued too many well water permits which led to excessive ground water pumping and extreme draining of the ground water around White Bear Lake over the past 10 years.

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District Court Judge Margaret Marrinan sided with the homeowners' arguments and ordered an immediate freeze of all new well water permits in a five-mile radius around the lake.

Marrinan also ordered the DNR to start researching adequate levels of well water pumping for all of the homes and businesses that already have a permit.

The ruling includes the possibility of water restrictions for homeowners and businesses in that five-mile radius, but those restrictions have not yet been determined.

Julie Longueville has lived on White Bear Lake for nearly 20 years. She said the ruling is one of her best moments residing on the lake.

"We are all so happy about this because it was like watching a loved one get sick and more sick and more sick and dehydrated without any way to help," she said. "But now it looks like the lake won't die and we are ecstatic."

Business owners like Tally's Bar and Grill's Keith Dehnert said commercial property owners are encouraged to see there is a court-ordered plan in place to keep White Bear Lake water at healthy levels.

"This is great news because this lake is vital to the entire northeast metro region's economy and it has been and will always be a hot spot for people to visit and boost tourism and have fun," Dehnert said.

The DNR said it is reviewing the court ruling and has not yet decided if it will appeal the decision.

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