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USFS Plans Forums Next Week On Ski Resorts, Water

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Loveland Ski Area tested their snowmaking guns. (credit: CBS)

Loveland Ski Area tested their snowmaking guns. (credit: CBS)

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DENVER (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service has scheduled public meetings next 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 forums April 16 in Denver, on April 17 in Salt Lake City, and April 18 in Lake Tahoe, Calif., to get input.

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