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Ski Resort Faces Recycled Snow Opposition

IArizona-Snow-Bowl-Flagstaffn an effort to save drinking water, skiers and snowboarders in Flagstaff, Arizona may soon be gliding down the mountain over artificial snow made from 180 million gallons of treated sewage. 

According to the Daily Mail, the Arizona Snowbowl resort has arranged a plan to use roughly 1.5 million gallons of wastewater per day from nearby Flagstaff to coat several mountains with snow. 

Several Native American tribes in the region, however, are objecting to the spraying of wastewater that would desecrate sacred areas of the peak.

'Our identity is based on our relationship with these sacred places and this - having the source of our spiritual renewal become so contaminated and desecrated - is a direct threat to our survival,' said Navajo activist, Klee Benally.

Other environmental groups such as the Sierra Club and the Save the Peaks Coalition also have concerns over its safety and impact. 

Environmentalist Andy Bessler of the Sierra Club said, 'when you put these substances into a delicate alpine environment like the Peaks, there are going to be big impacts to amphibians, other animals and the soil.'

Lawsuits have delayed development of the reclaimed water system since 2005, and despite the pending appeal from a September 2010 court decision upholding the contract between the City of Flagstaff and the Arizona Snowbowl resort, construction has begun anyway.

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