White Bear Lake water level drops to ...

White Bear Lake water level drops to record low

There are 64 comments on the The Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press story from Aug 12, 2010, titled White Bear Lake water level drops to record low. In it, The Minneapolis-St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that:

White Bear Lake reached a record low level this month, succumbing to continued dry conditions in the region.

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Saint Paul, MN

#64 Feb 16, 2011
This is sad for those that live on and use the lake, but it's kinda cool for those of us who just drive by and see the effects. You just never know, I hope not to many people purchased expensive homes on this shrinking lake recently.

Melrose Park, IL

#65 Apr 20, 2012
There is a crack in the bed of white bear lake and a few other lakes surrounding it. There draining into an aquifer that runs under the region. White bear lake will be gone in less than 5 years
One friend to another

Saint Paul, MN

#66 May 31, 2012
Suggestion to Pipe it from Goose Lake: Don't forget to take your meds. Seriously.
Pipe it from Goose Lake wrote:
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IF there were people sucking drinking water from a sand point the lowering of the lake and forceing them to redrill wells was the best thing that ever happened. Having knowledge of wells, you don't drink from any well less than 100' deep.
OK history buff, when were the wells drilled to keep WBL full of water? I know there were 3 wells, one near the Manitou bridge, one by the beach and one near Willernie.
Those wells used to pump all the time and were put there many years ago to maintain the levels of the lake, MAYBE they need to pump again???
No wait we can blame GORE BULL WARMING!!!!
You know that occurred many years ago causing WBL to go dry and that is why the pumps were originally installed in the early 1900s.
No wait, Al Gore wasn't alive then... It couldn't be Gore Bull Warming, could it??
Township Mike

United States

#67 Jun 1, 2012
Here is my plan for replenishing White Bear Lake.

Private wells and septic systems are, for the most part, things of the past. Water used to be pumped from private wells and 'recycled' by the operation of septic systems. Now, almost everyone's water comes from city operated wells and the wastewater is piped to Pig's Eye WWTP to be cleaned and dumped into the Mississippi river.

Instead of dumping this water in the river, I think it should be pumped back into lakes to replenish the water levels. The WWTP discharge is or can be made suitable for drinking, so water quality shouldn't be an issue.

I have read that White Bear Lake is 'leaking' into the aquifer, so a side benefit might be the replenishment of the aquifer.

Just saying.......

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