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Allocation of Water for Lake Elmo

In 2012, a lawsuit was filed against the DNR claiming the DNR allowed communities and businesses in the White Bear Lake area to use too much groundwater. The lawsuit claimed groundwater use led to unacceptably low lake levels. A good summary of the court cases and history of why the DNR can not allocate sufficient water for Lake Elmo is located HERE.

The City continues to work collaboratively with the DNR, the Department of Health (DHS), the Minnesota Pollution Control Agenda (MPCA), and the MET Council to find a solution to this issue. 

The MET council has started a study group to research how to provide sustainable water for people in the east metro. This group is expected to write a final report in the summer of 2027 on the possible solutions for not only Lake Elmo, but the rest of the east metro. At this website you will find agendas and minutes for these meetings.  These meetings are open to the public.
White Bear Lake Area Comprehensive Plan Work Group - Metropolitan Council (metrocouncil.org)