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More and more often, people are tearing down cabins and cottages and building big houses and garages on small lake lots.

In the not-so-recent past, the result was often runoff that flooded neighboring property or drained directly into lakes, lowering water quality.

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Becker County's solution -- adopted last fall -- is to require property owners to take steps to contain runoff, but to let the developer decide what mitigation efforts best fit the property.

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