FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The city of Flagstaff and the Hopi Tribe have reached a settlement in a lawsuit that claims the city’s decision to sell treated wastewater to a ski resort causes a public nuisance.
The Arizona Daily Sun reports that the City Council will consider a settlement agreement that would require the city to build a $1.6 million filtration system for reclaimed water headed to Snowbowl.
The Arizona Snowbowl has used the water to make snow since 2012 as a way to extend its ski season.
The lawsuit filed by the Hopi Tribe says the water sale interferes with much of the public’s ability to enjoy life or property. Tribes have argued for years that artificial snow negatively impacts people and plants.
The Hopi Tribal Council has already approved the agreement and the City Council will consider it Tuesday.