- Associated Press - Saturday, January 30, 2016

WHITE BEAR LAKE, Minn. (AP) - A state study says it could cost more than $100 million upfront to refill depleted White Bear Lake with water piped in from the Mississippi River.

Treating the water could cost another $4 million a year. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released the estimate Friday.

Homeowners on the lake say the estimate is too high. The Star Tribune (https://strib.mn/1PHA171 ) reports the agency emphasized that it’s merely providing estimates of the likely range in costs.

It’s unclear who would be expected to pay to restore the lake. Scientific studies are still under way to try to figure out why the water level on the eastern Twin Cities lake has dropped.

The Minnesota Legislature last year directed the DNR to come up with estimates for restoring White Bear Lake.

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Information from: Star Tribune, https://www.startribune.com

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