Citizens' group sues DNR over shrinking White Bear Lake

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 27, 2012 - 7:39 PM

Lawsuit argues that the DNR has allowed increased water use that has lowered lake levels.

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budgrant00Nov. 27, 12 4:04 PM

Occupy White Bear Lake? My God.

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TenaciousDNov. 27, 12 4:21 PM

I can only imagine the frustration that lakeshore residents are experiencing. They paid a premium to be on the lake, and now that valuable asset is being drained away from them without their consent. It brings up many interesting points: who 'owns' lakes? Who controls fresh water supplies in an increasingly thirsty world? I imagine that this issue will eventually hit our other lakes, especially Superior; I've heard anecdotally that other countries are interested in that source of fresh water and that there are private companies ready and willing to sell it.

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wingknutNov. 27, 12 4:33 PM

That is such a nice lake, I remember going to the beach there in the 1990s. It would be a real shame to drain this aquifer and this lake

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dahutysNov. 27, 12 4:42 PM

Why spend money to pump treated wastewater back into the aquifer? Why not just add chlorine and fluoride to the already-clean water and pump it right back into the water system? My biology class once toured a sewage treatment plant, and the tour guide told us that the water leaving the sewage plant is actually more pure than the water we drink - the sewage plant had to remove 99% of solids from the water, but the water treatment plant only had to remove 74% of the solids. Cities could save millions of dollars every year if they re-used water after cleaning it, instead of dumping the clean water back into the smelly river that it came from. And don't scream EWWWW GROSS, YOU WANT ME TO DRINK PEE WATER?!? If your water comes from the Mississippi, you're already drinking St. Cloud's pee water.

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randjrjNov. 27, 12 4:43 PM

TenacuousD, You raise an interesting point. What will happen when Canada decides to sell water from the Great Lakes? WBL has a legitimate environmental issue. We can all argue over some of the good and bad science provided for many environmental issues, but this one is pretty cut and dry. If there are violations or failure of enforcement of state law by the DNR, then there should be repairations.

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marathongirlNov. 27, 12 4:43 PM

Awesome, sue the DNR so all of us residents of MN get to pay for it. Talk about a waste. The people on the lake should be the ones paying for it, not the rest of us.

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bhbhbhbhbhNov. 27, 12 4:45 PM

Perhaps the consultants had a 'rounding error'.

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hugonaughtNov. 27, 12 4:46 PM

While I was going up and spending much of my decadent youth at one beach or another on the lake water was being pumped into the lake from the aquifer. It seems to me we have identified a system that works. Water pumped from the aquifer returns to the aquifer through the lake bottom. I think I would explore that option first with out visiting additional trauma on other lakes in the area. It isn't the lake owners property values I am worried about, the government does not have a universal right to protect property values, winners and losers can always be compensated. It is about keeping the fishery and recreation vital. It is a fairly significant historic resource for the area.

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woodyagNov. 27, 12 4:47 PM

Welcome to the future. Anybody remember the drought we're in? It's going to get worse.

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facescooterNov. 27, 12 5:07 PM

And yet nobobody...not the lake association, not the City, not the County, not the State and not the US Federal Government are talking about the root cause of envirrnmental impacts: Human Population Growth and consumption.

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