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.READ MORE: Sheriff Seeks Owner Of Burnt Snowmobile Found On Central Minnesota Lake
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.READ MORE: Teen Arrested In Robbinsdale After Fleeing Police In Stolen Car
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.MORE NEWS: Wisconsin Senate OKs Constitutional Amendment Saying Only Citizens Can Vote In Elections
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