Water Surface Use Management (WSUM)


Prior Lake City Hall (lower level)
Dakota St. SE
Prior Lake, MN 55372


Water Resources Engineer
Pete Young
  (952) 447-9831

Spring Lake Township Clerk
Kathy Nielson
   (952) 492-7030


> WSUM Update 4/20/2015

> Meeting Notes 6/17/15

> Meeting Notes 7/8/15

> Meeting Notes 7/29/15

> Meeting Notes 9/30/15

> DNR WSUM Information


> Spring Lake
> Upper Prior Lake
> Lower Prior Lake

Map of Lakes
WSUM Task Force Created

Water Surface Use Management (WSUM) is the DNR’s term for water surface zoning that involves lake use regulations. WSUM regulations work in conjunction with state boating laws. While the boating laws focus more on the boat or watercraft itself, WSUM allows local governments to address lake specific concerns.

The goal of WSUM is to enhance the recreational use, safety and enjoyment of the water surfaces and to preserve these water resources in a way that reflects the state’s paramount concern for the protection of its natural resources. In pursuit of that goal, an ordinance or rule shall:

  1. Accommodate all compatible recreational uses where practical and feasible;
  2. Minimize adverse impact on natural resources;
  3. Minimize conflicts between users in a way that provides for maximum use, safety and enjoyment; and
  4. Conform to the state standards.

Several policy issues have been identified through the public input process to date. Themes such as education, enforcement and lake use conflicts are inherent in many of the topics. At a joint workshop held on April 27, 2015, the City Council and Town Board agreed to create a task force to study WSUM issues and make recommendations on any potential ordinance changes. The task force will consist of members who best-represent the stakeholder groups. The policy issues to be addressed are listed in no particular order:

  1. Emergency high water slow no-wake provision for Spring Lake
  2. Lack of WSUM provisions on Spring Lake
  3. Public safety
  4. Enforcement
  5. Impaired waters & water quality
  6. Impacts of boat and wind wake
  7. Preservation of recreational opportunities

WSUM Task Force Updates

Task Force Members:

Glenn Kelley – Spring Lake Township Board
Dan Kelly – Spring Lake Association
Wes Mader – Resident
Christian Morkeberg – Resident
Mike Myser – Resident
Woody Spitzmueller – Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District
Tom Stephenson – Prior Lake Association
Mike Thibault – Shakopee-Prior Lake Waterski Association
Annette Thompson – Prior Lake City Council

City & Township Staff:

Kathy Nielsen – Spring Lake Township
Pete Young – City of Prior Lake

Other Potential Task Force Meeting Attendees:

Todd Beck – Scott County Sheriff’s Office
Margaret Rattei – Barr Engineering Company
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff

The WSUM Task Force held its initial meeting on June 17th, 2015. Additional meetings will be held and updates will be posted periodically on this website. Further public input will be solicited after WSUM Task Force meetings conclude and after initial findings are presented to the City Council and Township Board. Notice of any additional community meetings will be posted on this website.