AUDIO: DNR’s Nathan Kestner discusses Red Lake River flows, Enbridge water permits

The DNR has suspended additional water-related permits for Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline.

According to Minnesota DNR’s Nathan Kestner, the Northwest Regional Manager for the Division of Ecological and Water Resources, low stream flows on the Red Lake River prompted a decision to also restrict surface water appropriation from the Red Lake River watershed.


Work on Line 3 may continue despite these permit suspensions, but at least in the Red Lake River watershed, water appropriation must come from other sources that do not impact surface water.

Listen to the full interview with Kestner:

More information on the DNR’s permits for Enbridge’s Line 3 is available at

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