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Report: Record-Breaking Snow Not Helping Groundwater Sustainability

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — While a record-breaking April snowfall is easing the pain of Minnesota’s extended drought, a new report suggests our water use simply isn’t sustainable.

The Freshwater Society in Excelsior released a special report documenting problems with use, highlighting 16 areas where disappearing groundwater is a concern.

White Bear Lake is among them — a poster child of sorts for over-pumping. Since 2003, water levels are down more than 25 percent, leaving parts of the lake bottom exposed.

The report makes several suggestions, including several policy changes that the House passed last week. You can read the full report here.

Hear details on the report with Freshwater’s Executive Director Joan Nephew and Pat Sweeney, who authored the report.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Colin Smith Reports

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