The ski resort's use of Poplar River water for snow-making is Minnesota's only exception to a law banning the withdrawl of water from a trout stream. Last year lawmakers approved a twelve-fold increase in the amount of water Lutsen is permitted to take. Now the DNR wants to lower the minimum river flow required, to allow withdrawls during a drought.
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Lutsen ski resorts continue to draw from depleted trout stream
The DNR says there is just cause for the Lutsen Mountains ski area to continue to draw water from the Poplar River along Lake Superior's North Shore despite protest from environmental groups.
Competing ski areas oppose state funding for pipeline to Lutsen
Lutsen Mountains ski resort currently makes snow by pulling water from a protected trout stream that's suffering from drought. Governor Dayton wants the state to spend more than $3 million on a pipeline that would bring Lake Superior water to Lutsen. But competitors around the state have banded together to oppose the subsidy.
DNR warns Minnesota's water supply is limited
Some experts say our water use is taking a toll on the state's lakes, streams and wetlands. The DNR says it doesn't have the means to monitor water use across the state, so it's testing a new plan that would give local governments a greater role in conserving the supply. But officials say the biggest challenge is just informing people the supply isn't endless.
State's water resources strained amidst extreme drought
Drought conditions in the state are worsening, according to data from the U.S. Drought Monitor report release this week. More than 30 percent of the state is in extreme drought, up about 10 percent from last week. The DNR says drought conditions are straining the state's natural water resources.
Wisconsin DNR confirms water from sand mine leaking into St. Croix
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State farmers urged by DNR to take fire precautions
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning farmers across the state to take precautions as they begin the fall harvest of their crops because the dry conditions could present fire hazards. The DNR says fires can be sparked by equipment in dry fields, so they urge farmers to prep their machinery to avoid overheating and sparks.
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