ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Senate’s $1.5 billion Bonding Bill was unveiled Monday morning, and among the numerous projects receiving funding is White Bear Lake’s water supply sustainability study. The White Bear Lake study proposal was introduced by Sen. Chuck Wiger (DFL-Maplewood). The Bonding Bill funds a $1.78 million study that will help evaluate the long term water supply and sustainability in the north and east metro area. Sen. Wiger says he is thankful the study was included in the Senate Bonding Bill.
“The issue of water levels on White Bear Lake is one of the most important issues in my district. I’m grateful for the inclusion of this study in the bonding bill. This study is about finding a sustainable and affordable solution to the White Bear Lake water issues that also enjoys local support. I believe this study will get us closer to that solution,” said Sen. Wiger.
In addition to evaluating the long term water supply in the region, the study must consider available information concerning interactions between the region’s surface water and groundwater systems, including White Bear Lake.
Wiger has also worked on getting more money for the successful Race2Reduce water conservation program. The Senate’s supplemental education finance bill includes an appropriation of $600,000 to the Minnesota Department of Education to expand the Race2Reduce programs in the White Bear Lake and Mahtomedi school districts.
The Bonding Bill will be taken up on the Senate Floor on Thursday. The House of Representatives still has not come out with its Bonding Bill.