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MAHTOMEDI, Minn. - Over the years, Mahtomedi Mayor Judson Marshall watched his city grow while White Bear Lake started to shrink.

"I've seen it go up and down," he said.

The current drop in water levels is blamed largely on heavy water use. The Metropolitan Council has three projects underway to see which one is best to save the lake.

Hydrologist Perry Jones lives in Vadnais Heights, which uses water from the lake. He's also with the U.S. Geological Survey which helped with the initial phase of the project.

"We're really at the beginning of evaluating a lot of the potential solutions. I think we need to wait and see what the report comes out with and then from there make our best decision," Jones said.

One option is to have a drinking water connection to the St. Paul Regional Water Service. Another would be a raw water connection to a new treatment facility. The last option would pipe water from the Mississippi or St. Croix River.

The final report on the feasibility study is expected this fall. Recommendations will then be made on how to proceed.