Drought not only reason White Bear Lake level low 20 Feb 12

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) – Federal and state scientists say drought isn’t the only reason why the water level of White Bear Lake is so low.

Researchers say municipal water use has increased measurably, and the lake bed is also leaky.

A hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey is expected to share the preliminary findings of a $200,000 federal study Tuesday night at a board meeting of the White Bear Lake Conservation District.

A St. Paul Pioneer Press report says the ebb and flow in the lake’s level between 1980 and 2002 matched rain and snow amounts. But after 2002, the lake’s dramatic 5-foot drop couldn’t be explained by just a lack of precipitation.

One explanation is that more communities are pumping more water. Possible solutions include coordinating the pumping and promoting water conservation.

Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press

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