McFarlane informed us that the bill they passed will, for the the first time, limit the resort's use of water from the stream. Once that annual allocated limit is met, water will not be allowed to be pumped for the remainder of that that year. She also stated that the permit issued to Lutsen has a 5 year time limit to look for a long term solution.
Below is the language from the conference committee report:
53.11Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.265, subdivision 3, the legislature
53.12approves of the consumptive use of water under a permit of more than 2,000,000 gallons
53.13per day average in a 30-day period in Cook County, in connection with snowmaking
53.14and potable water. Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, the permit for the
53.15consumptive use of water approved under this section shall be issued, subject to the
53.16fees specified under Minnesota Statutes, section 103G.271, without any additional
53.17administrative process to withdraw up to 150,000,000 gallons of water annually for
53.18snowmaking and potable water purposes. The permit authorized under this section shall
53.19be suspended if the flow of the Poplar River falls below 15 cubic feet per second for more
53.20than five consecutive days. The permit authorized under this section shall be reinstated
53.21when the flow of the Poplar River resumes to 15 cubic feet per second or greater. The
53.22permit shall be for a term of five years.
In our email correspondence to Rep. McFarlane we also asked what studies or reports were cited that show that the amount of approved water usage will have no impact to the watershed or fishery. We were referred to Rep. Dill to answer that question. We will post any reports or studies that surface from Rep Dill.
To all our readers, we welcome constructive comments to our posts, but as stated in the previous posts we are not going political on this. we plan to be rational and get all the facts. If the facts state harm to the fishery is possible, then let's fight with all we have. Republican, Independent, Democrat does not matter here. In a fight you are either with us and the fishery or against us. It will be that simple from Minnesota Steelheader.
To those that have commented and stated you are not political, then proceed to negatively name one political party 3 times in a single paragraph... well, as you can see your comments are not published.... sorry. Keep it real and we will happily share your thoughts with our readers. Keep it political and your letters and paragraphs will evaporate into the cyber abyss. Not fair? Come on guys!
In the mean time we will continue to track this frustrating issue and do our best to bring unbiased clarity to our reports.