The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has settled a lawsuit over declining water levels in White Bear Lake. A group of homeowners sued the DNR two years ago, claiming the agency had allowed too much groundwater use in the area.
Recent rains are causing problems throughout the Twin Cities. Groundwater levels are very high right now. The soft land is leading to small landslides in backyards. Tim Cowedry, a groundwater geologist with the U.S. Geographical Survey, says water is in great supply – but it’s not just the water you can see.
Regulators are holding a series of open houses around Minnesota to give people the chance to review and comment on a proposed statewide strategy for reducing phosphorus and nitrogen escaping into surface and groundwater.
It’s been mystifying residents and scientists for a number of years: Where is all the water going in White Bear Lake? While there are no simple answers, those studying the problem believe they’ve found a cause — but it won’t be easy to fix.