Minneapolis seeks halt to apartment discharge into lagoon

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 11:50 PM

Minneapolis sues owner of upscale apartments, saying groundwater is being pumped illegally into a nearby lagoon, making its ice unsafe.

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strib37Dec. 28, 13 7:31 AM

What is the best option here? Does this ground water belong back in the chain of lakes? Is it relatively free of pollutants and phosphorus? If it really belongs in the lakes, then what's the best way to get it back there? It seems the problem arises from allowing construction which does not take the forces of nature into consideration or ignores the costs associated with doing so. Who should pay the costs associated with the ground water problem? As a taxpayer, I'll almost gladly contribute to the cost of cleaning up brownfields in order to have new, healthy neighborhoods, but in a case like this, where new problems arise as a result of new construction, I think the full burden of this cost is on the people who built the building, with some accountability for those who approved the project. Density is fine where nature is favorable to density, but the time for asking the right questions is before the basement is flooded.

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deepwoodsDec. 28, 13 8:04 AM

Basement= a hole in the ground that water is pumped out of............

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Seawaves AheadDec. 28, 1311:56 AM

They had a 90 day permit that has long since expired so make them turn off the pumps today. Oh, that's right, we can't because the developer has donated so much money to local elected officials.

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rlwr51Dec. 28, 13 2:03 PM

This might actually happen with new city council members in place.

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alanmullerDec. 28, 13 3:02 PM

It has taken the City a remarkably long time to act on this. There is a very big difference between temporary dewatering to allow installation of pipes or foundations, and the intentional construction of occupied space below the water table. Big technical and political screwups here....

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fatlip1Dec. 28, 13 4:41 PM

I read about this story well over a year ago and the developer said the same thing then. Daniel Oberprillar has no intention of fixing the problem if it's cheaper to put it off. Being a homeowner I have to pay the city for the water runoff on my 1/8 acre lot but this guy can dump 240,000 gallons of water a day without paying a dime. It's ironic that his office at CPM Development headquarters overlooks the same lake he is slowly destroying. The guy's soulless, good luck chain of lakes.

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rlwr51Dec. 29, 13 2:20 AM

This is very near where they want to put the light rail tunnel.

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