Arizona Representative Ann Kirkpatrick (D) confirmed with a press release that after 13 months of negotiations with key parties and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA will grant a permit to allow snowmaking to take place at Arizona Snowbowl.
The proposal allows the Arizona ski resort to swap reclaimed waste water for more expensive drinking-quality water to make snow at the northern Arizona resort. In 2009 Native American tribes fought and lost a US Supreme Court battle over the use of treated wastewater to make snow on the San Franciso Peaks of the Arizona Snowbowl. The contract to sell the wastewater to Snowbowl was signed by the Flagstaff City Council back in 2002.
“The stakeholders are putting in the time and effort it takes to find a consensus solution that truly meets the needs of our community. This permit gives us the control and the flexibility we need to move forward,” said Rep. Kirkpatrick. “We can find the right balance of encouraging growth, protecting our environment and respecting our tribal communities.
“This will bring hundreds of new jobs to Flagstaff and have a tremendous economic impact, and it is important for us to realize that potential. However, we have to do it with balance.”
The plan still must be approved by the Flagstaff Water Commission and the City Council.