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DNR asks judge to dismiss White Bear Lake suit

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Attorneys representing the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources asked a Ramsey County judge Monday to dismiss a suit regarding plummeting water levels in White Bear Lake, news sources report.

According to the Pioneer Press, the White Bear Lake Restoration Association filed the lawsuit against the DNR in November. The nonprofit group filed the suit under the Minnesota Environmental Rights Act, which allows private citizens to sue public agencies.

The Pioneer Press reports that an unpublished study by the U.S. Geological Survey provided the basis for the White Bear Lake Restoration Association's claim. The study linked the drop in White Bear Lake's water level to surrounding communities pumping too much water from the Prairie du Chien-Jordan aquifer below the lake.

A report by the Star Tribune states that the DNR argued that the suit should be dismissed because the surrounding communities should be included as defendants. Officials also feel that rather than being handled in court, the issue should be handled at the legislature or the Metropolitan Council.

The Star Tribune reports that the water level in White Bear Lake has plummeted more than 5 feet in the last 10 years. Despite rising 6 inches by the end of February, the level is still far below the long-term average.

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