WBLCD: Preserving White Bear Lake for future generations

White Bear Lake is very dependent on underground aquifers, and most nearby municipal water supplies extract water from the same aquifers. Therefore, any approach to keep the lake's water levels high is likely to entail water conservation, and we must all do our part. Here are some tips on how you can help out:

Lawn Irrigation Tips for Healthy Lawns

adjust sprinklerWhether you own an irrigation system or water your lawn with portable sprinklers, you can reduce your water use and save money by being smart with your irrigation practices. To encourage rooting and drought tolerance, lawns should only be irrigated one time per week or less, with sufficient volume to wet soils to a depth of six inches. Depending on soil type, your lawn may only need as little as a half-inch of water per week, and no more than one inch per week, provided either by rainfall or your irrigation system.

Source: “Lawn Care: Water-Saving Strategies for Home Lawns,” Sam Bauer, University of Minnesota Turfgrass Management Program, Brian Davis, Metropolitan Council Water Supply Planning.




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The elevation of White Bear Lake has historically ranged from its low point of 918.8 mft (feet above mean sea level) in 2013 to its high point of 926.96 mft in 1906. The current lake level is updated online by the Minnesota DNR every four hours.  

See the current lake level here >>

DNR lake level analysis

Historic lake levels chart
can be found here >>

WBLCD ordinance 16 says “No person shall operate a watercraft in such a manner that its wash or wake will endanger, harass, or unnecessarily interfere with any other person or property…” Operators of wake boats designed to create waves for surfing need to take special care. A recent study from the University of Minnesota shows that wake boats generate waves with height, energy and power that extend more than twice as far as those of regular speedboats. WATCH YOUR WAKE!