Residential thirst straining, draining White Bear Lake

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 1, 2012 - 6:34 AM

Groundwater use by cities is wringing it out. Potential fixes: conservation, a pipeline, and 'gray water'

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getcrazySep. 30, 12 7:57 PM

The citizens of this area are completely responsible for this. They elect people to manage these things so resources remain at a sustainable level. They have elected people that have not done this for them. They need to elect people that will. Unfortunately I don't have much faith that anything will change because the people in this are have historically been anti-science. They will nto elect people that tell them they

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getcrazySep. 30, 12 8:02 PM

The citizens of this area are completely responsible for this. They elect people to manage these things so resources remain at a sustainable level. They have elected people that have not done this for them. They need to elect people that will. Unfortunately I don't have much faith that anything will change because the people in this are have historically been anti-science. They will not elect people that will tell them they need to conserve because that amounts to science which they don't like. This is why they have the problem they have now. If people keep using ethanol in this state you will see much more of this problem as it takes three gallons of water to make one gallon of ethanol.

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justaxnspendSep. 30, 12 8:07 PM

Welcome to the future where wars will be fought over water, not oil.

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sarahanneSep. 30, 12 8:12 PM

Water levels all over the country are shrinking, glaciers are decreasing and public discussion about this matter is nil whereas everything irrelevant is being talked about.

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ninetyninerSep. 30, 12 8:22 PM

We need to do something fast cause white bear lake is going down. The lake levels are so low that it's getting choked off with added weed growth. If something isn't done soon, it'll be too late.

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oimmigrationSep. 30, 12 8:42 PM

I blame massive immigration to Minnesota and to America, human overpopulation, and global warming for this. It will be tough or impossible to conserve anything unless our numbers are stabilized, and then reduced to a sustainable level. Everything is threatened, even human existence. You cannot live without water, you cannot grow food without water. Time to wise-up people.

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mnwycoSep. 30, 12 8:50 PM

It seems like the thing to do to let the lake front owners mange the once lake bottom but who owns that land if the lake never returns to its past level? If its public land it could be good hunting land if its not in the city. One other observation is that lawn irrigation with lake water sure came to a halt.

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oimmigrationSep. 30, 12 8:54 PM

Sad. Maybe we can build homes in the dry lake bed. Minnesota is becoming a desert wasteland.

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selfmadeSep. 30, 12 8:56 PM

White Bear Lake is a jewel because it's clean...If you dump Missipissy water into it, or gray reclaimed water into it, it would no longer be a jewel but more of a large holding pond...the price for waste and expansion is finally being shown not in dollars, but the death of a local treasure...enjoy your habits!

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oimmigrationSep. 30, 12 8:59 PM

Its time to look in the mirror people, for it is there you will find the answer.

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