ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Department of Natural Resources says it will appeal a court order on the pumping of groundwater in the White Bear Lake area — a case with potentially sweeping statewide implications for everything from suburban development to irrigating crops.

A Ramsey County judge restricted well-drilling and lawn watering last month in an effort to maintain water levels on the popular lake.

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But the DNR said Tuesday the order would put unnecessary burdens on more than 500,000 residents and halt important development within 5 miles of the lake, stalling road and utility improvements, business growth and residential construction.

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The DNR says some changes to water use may be necessary, but letting the order stand would likely set a precedent for groundwater management across Minnesota, going beyond what’s necessary to ensure sustainability.

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