City brings in expert to look at sewage in San Francisco Peaks

The city of Flagstaff, Arizona, has enlisted a professor to look at water issues that affect the sacred San Francisco Peaks, The New York Times reports.

Amy Pruden, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech, just completed d a study that showed the city's wastewater system is a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant genes. That could be an issue because the wastewater will be used to make fake snow at a ski resort in the sacred peaks.

Tribes and tribal activists have opposed the use of sewage in the peaks but have been rejected in the courts.

Get the Story:
Green: On the Slopes, Gliding on Wastewater (The New York Times 10/10)

9th Circuit Decisions:
Save the Peaks Coalition v. USFS (August 28, 2012)
Save the Peaks Coalition v. USFS (June 21, 2012)
Save The Peaks Coalition v. USFS (February 9, 2012)

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