Nov 15, 2013 4:07 PM by Juice Godfrey
DENVER (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service is surrendering in a fight about water rights for ski resorts.
The agency told Congress it no longer plans to force ski areas to turn over their water rights as a condition for maintaining their operating permits.
According to the Durango Herald, members of Congress want to make sure the decision sticks by giving initial approval to a bill Thursday that would bar the Forest Service from taking action.
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 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.