DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled public meetings this week as it works to craft a rule addressing ski resorts and water.
Dozens of resorts with permits to operate on national forests have bought or acquired rights to use nearby bodies of water for snowmaking. The Forest Service had adopted a clause that said those resorts had to transfer their water rights to the federal government, so that the water rights would stay with the land. After the National Ski Areas Association sued, a judge ruled last year that the agency violated procedure in not seeking public comment before adopting the clause.
The agency now plans open houses April 16 in Lakewood, Colo., on April 17 in Salt Lake City, and April 18 in Lake Tahoe, Calif., to get input.
The open houses are scheduled April 16 at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service office at 134 Union Blvd., Lakewood, Colo.; April 17 at the Utah Department of Natural Resources, 1594 W. North Temple, Suite 3710, Salt Lake City; and April 18 at the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Office, 35 College Drive, South Lake Tahoe Basin, Calif. Each open house is scheduled from 4 p.m.-6:30 p.m.