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Posted on: March 27, 2018

White Bear Lake Litigation Update

In response to recent litigation and a court order concerning the water levels of White Bear Lake, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has imposed the following requirements on the City’s water use:

  • The City would have to develop a plan to convert to total or partial surface water sources, if the DNR determines that conversion is necessary.
  • The City would have to immediately enact and enforce a residential irrigation ban.  This ban would apply at all times when the water level of the Lake is below 923.5 feet.
  • The City would have to develop and enforce a limit on water use of 75 gallons per residence/per day and total per capita water use to 90 gallons per day.

Several other cities in the vicinity of White Bear Lake have received similar requirements from the DNR. It is the City’s position that these requirements are not reasonable. As a result, the City is appealing the DNR’s requirements.

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