Lawmakers intervene in ski resort water war

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Lawmakers intervene in ski resort water war

Ability to sell snowmaking water rights at issue
Crew member Rory James watches snowmaking operations near the base of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort last November. Ski areas are taking exception to a policy instituted by the Forest Service in 2011 that bars them from selling their water rights to anyone except future operators of the ski area.
Players in the ski area water fight

U.S. Forest Service: Wants to prevent ski areas from selling off their water rights to developers.

Ski Resorts: Want the right to sell off their water if they wish.

Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg: Siding with ski areas, out of concern of a precedent that could affect ranchers and farmers.

House Democrats: Also siding with ski areas, but they want to avoid a wider fight with the federal government.

Lawmakers intervene in ski resort water war

Crew member Rory James watches snowmaking operations near the base of Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort last November. Ski areas are taking exception to a policy instituted by the Forest Service in 2011 that bars them from selling their water rights to anyone except future operators of the ski area.
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