White Bear Lake Restoration Association
Department of Natural Resources of Minnesota

On August 30, 2017, the Ramsey County District Court ruled in favor of Plaintiffs White Bear Lake Restoration Association and the Homeowner’s Association, finding that the DNR’s current and planned permitting of high capacity groundwater appropriations and management of White Bear Lake and the Prairie du Chien-Jordan Aquifer violate Minnesota’s Environmental Rights Act, numerous Minnesota laws, and the Public Trust Doctrine.  The Court ordered a balanced approach of immediate and long-term relief.   By taking on their civic duty to hold the DNR accountable to Minnesota law, the Plaintiffs actions have helped to ensure that the North and East Metro area will have a sustainable water source for all residents and businesses now and for generations to come. View the order.