Several tribes and Indian advocates lost their legal fight in the federal courts to prevent the use of recycled water being made into snow on their sacred San Francisco peaks in Arizona.
Now, the press reports that using reclaimed water to make snow may be a step closer to being resolved. “Both sides met Tuesday in federal court to discuss Snowbowl’s continuing push to put snowmaking equipment on the mountain. The area is sacred tribal ground, and the local Native American tribe doesn’t want reclaimed water on the mountain.
The judge is considering a number of things, including a restraining order which would stop construction, but there is option both sides are looking at that could resolve all of this.
Snowbowl was already given the green light to start using reclaimed sewage water, but the tribes are trying to stop that.
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But lawyers hinted in court that this battle might come to an end if Snowbowl is able to use cleaner, reclaimed water, which is essentially drinking water, from the City of Flagstaff.”
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