White Bear Lake homeowners suit against DNR can proceed

  • Article by: Nicole Norfleet , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2013 - 9:56 PM

Homeowners in White Bear Lake say the state agency has allowed water levels to be drawn too low.

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eljayeffSep. 11, 13 1:20 PM

I am planning on suing because it is too hot out today. Are there any Lawyers out there who can let me know if I should sue the DNR or should I choose the deeper pocketed federal reserve. The lawyer in charge of this case should be fined for wasting the courts time.

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marketerSep. 11, 13 1:33 PM

Meanwhile WBL residents are overwatering their manicured lawns.....

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joe_mnSep. 11, 13 2:02 PM

Water withdrawals have doubled? Who/what/where is using water?

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furguson11Sep. 11, 13 2:11 PM

This presumes that they own the aquifer under the lake...

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Harry_PotterSep. 11, 13 2:27 PM

Should be renamed to White Bear Beach....or Sandy Lake.

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ldahlkeSep. 11, 13 2:28 PM

Let me get this straight, they are suing because neighboring communities were allowed to doubled their take of water since 2000, thus dropping the aquifer levels; yet WBL residents don't really have a watering ban other than they can't water from 10AM to 5PM daily. Maybe they should look at their own community first and ban watering lawns altogether.

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marketerSep. 11, 13 2:33 PM

"Who/what/where is using water?" .............Local communities are drawing aquifer water for drinking/watering/toilets, instead of surface water, ie Mississippi River.

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jimmybobbySep. 11, 13 2:53 PM

DNR has a duty to make policy with the natural environment in mind. If lake is dropping, it should have reviewed and probably reduced permitted water withdrawals from the aquifier.

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scubadoo68Sep. 11, 13 2:58 PM

I think it would be more appropriate for the state to sue the homeowners for overusing water. It'd still be a flimsy case, but more appropriate.

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xsjhweihenrySep. 11, 13 3:01 PM

The reason the metro area is using more water is because of human population growth. Instead of suing the DNR they should be suing the US Congress for liberal immigration laws that are overtaking the water carrying capacity of America.

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