As of April 1st, an injunction filed by the Save the Peaks Coalition was denied by the 9th circuit U.S Courts Appeal. The injunction regarded the environmental impacts of snow making at Flagstaff resorts. Given our discussion last week, snow making can have serious impacts on the environment. Although the U.S. Forest Service supports the claim since they will be using waste water, rather than pumping new water, this calls for a greater understanding of the environmental, but also social impacts (especially for the native land in Flagstaff) and health risks as a result of the waste water.
You can also find a video here and here is a site that trails news articles regarding the deve
lopment of snow making in Flagstaff. Unfortunately I don’t think our Peaks will be saved–there will soon be man-made snow!