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November 30, 2013--Telluride moves to future with new snowmaking infrastructure, technology (Watch Newspapers)
In a perfect world, all 280 acres of terrain at the Telluride Ski Resort with access to manmade snow would be open by Christmas.
In one of the biggest fights over water rights in recent years, the U.S.F.S. announced that it will no longer pursue the plan of forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights in order to renew their operating permits.
Last month, Representatives Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced H.R. 3189, the so called “Water Rights Protection Act.” While the bill was disguised as a minor “fix” for a narrow water rights conflict between Colorado’s ski industry and the U.S.
The Colorado Farm Bureau said a U.S. Forest Service decision to no longer pursue forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights to renew their operating permits bodes well for farmers. The Forest Service's decision represents a "huge win" for private property owners, including farmers with grazing permits, the Farm Bureau said in a statement.
November 14, 2013--Environmental groups warn bill supported by Aspen Skiing Co. could hurt rivers (Aspen Times)
A congressional bill supported by Aspen Skiing Co.
Eagle County’s two U.S. congressmen successfully snuffed a Forest Service move to take water rights without paying for them. Jared Polis and Scott Tipton have been battling a U.S.
A U.S. Forest Service bid to control water rights at ski areas remains a sore point with Colorado lawmakers in Denver and Washington. A senior official from the Forest Service told state legislators Thursday that the agency is pressing ahead with a new rule to tie permitting for ski areas to Forest Service control of water rights used for snowmaking and other ski area functions.
Legislation recognizing the water laws of Colorado and other western states could discourage federal efforts to claim water, said U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo. Tipton will introduce legislation aimed at codifying western water law to deter federal pre-emption of water rights, he said.
Guest commentary by Scott Tipton: Water is the lifeblood of the West. While Easterners may find it difficult to understand, the people of Colorado need no reminder that state water law and the rights it protects are sacred to Westerners of all political stripes.
Lobbying from the very highest level of the U.S. Forest Service has scuttled a state representative's bid to keep the federal government from claiming water rights at ski areas. Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, said he expects his House Bill 1013 to die without a vote in May, when the Legislature adjourns for the year.