Who is Supporting the Bill that Could Hurt Your Rivers?


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Why is the ski industry is pushing a bill that could dry up rivers, damage fish and wildlife habitat, and hurt boating and fishing nationwide?

Representatives Scott Tipton (R-Colo.) and Jared Polis (D-Colo.) introduced HR 3189, the so called “Water Rights Protection Act.” This bill was supposed to be a minor “fix” for a narrow water rights conflict between Colorado’s ski industry and the U.S. Forest Service. But somewhere along the way, the ski industry invited other interests to join the party.

The National Ski Areas Association worked with Big Ag and their lobbyists to draft a much more expansive bill that would handcuff Federal agencies and prevent them from protecting rivers and public lands. This bill would allow private water users to dry up rivers on public lands with impunity. It would tie the hands of Federal agencies tasked with providing flexible water management options on our public lands. If passed, the bill would prevent federal agencies from implementing reasonable safeguards to protect fish, wildlife, and recreational benefits in the nation’s rivers.

We don’t understand why the ski industry, which has spent years building up its green credibility is supporting a bill that would be dangerous for our rivers.

So before you hit the slopes this winter, take a minute to look at the businesses below who are supporting this terrible bill. Ask them just how green they really are. Do they support drying up our rivers just to protect their bottom line?

Endorsers of HR 3189:

Here are the organizations that have signed on to support HR 3189.

  • National Ski Areas Association (see member list below)
  • American Farm Bureau
  • National Cattlemen’s Beef Association
  • Family Farm Alliance
  • Public Lands Council
  • National Association of Conservation Districts
  • Pacific Northwest Ski Area Association
  • California Ski Industry Association
  • Colorado Water Congress
  • Colorado Ski Country USA
  • Associated Governments of Northwest Colorado
  • Colorado River Water Conservation District
  • Southwestern Water Conservation District
  • Rio Grande Water Conservation District
  • Rio Grande Watershed Association of Conservation Districts
  • Montrose County commissioners
  • Mesa County commissioners
  • Montezuma County commissioners
  • Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co.
  • Garfield County commissioners
  • Aspen Ski Co.
  • Durango Mountain Resort
  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District
  • Center Conservation District and Club 20

NSAA Member Ski Area

Below are the ski industry association members that are supporting this bill. If your resort is on this list, ask them why they are supporting this dangerous bill.

  • 49 Degrees North Mountain Resort
  • Abenaki Ski Area
  • Afton Alps Ski Area
  • Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
  • Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center
  • Alpine Valley Ski Area
  • Alpine Valley Ski Area
  • Alta Sierra Ski Resort & Terrain Park
  • Alta Ski Area
  • Alyeska Resort
  • Andes Tower Hills, Inc.
  • Angel Fire Resort
  • Angeles Crest Resorts
  • Anthony Lakes
  • Appalachian Ski Mtn.
  • Apple Mountain
  • Arapahoe Basin
  • Arizona Snowbowl
  • Arrowhead Recreation Area
  • Aspen Highlands
  • Aspen Mountain
  • Attitash Mountain Resort
  • Ausblick Ski Area
  • Balsams Wilderness
  • Bear Creek Mountain Club
  • Bear Creek Mountain Resort
  • Bear Mountain Resort
  • Bear Valley Mountain
  • Beaver Creek Resort
  • Beaver Mountain Ski Area
  • Beech Mountain Resort
  • Belleayre Mountain
  • Big Boulder Ski Area
  • Big Horn Ski Resort
  • Big Rock Mountain
  • Big Sky Resort
  • Black Mountain of Maine
  • Black Mountain Ski Area
  • Blandford Ski Area
  • Blue Knob
  • Blue Mountain Ski Area
  • Bolton Valley
  • Boreal Mountain Resort
  • Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort
  • Bousquet Ski Area
  • Boyce Park Ski Area/Snow Tubing Area Alpine Valley Resort
  • Boyne Highlands Resort
  • Boyne Mountain Resort
  • Bradford Ski Area
  • Breckenridge Ski Resort
  • Bretton Woods Ski Area
  • Brian Head Resort
  • Bridger Bowl Ski Area
  • Brighton Ski Resort
  • Bristol Mountain Winter Resort
  • Bromley Mountain Resort
  • Brundage Mountain Resort
  • Bryce Resort
  • Buck Hill
  • Buena Vista Ski Area
  • Burke Mountain Ski Area
  • Buttermilk
  • Camden Snow Bowl
  • Camelback Mountain Resort
  • Campgaw Mountain Ski Area
  • Canaan Valley Resort
  • Cannon Mountain
  • Cannonsburg Ski Area
  • Canyons Resort
  • Cascade Mountain
  • Cataloochee Ski Area
  • Catamount Ski Area
  • Chestnut Mountain Resort
  • China Peak Mountain Resort
  • Christmas Mountain Village
  • Cisco Grove & Kingvale
  • Clear Fork Resort
  • Cloudmont Ski & Golf
  • Cooper Spur Mountain Resort 1974
  • Copper Mountain Resort
  • Cranmore Mountain Resort
  • Crested Butte Mountain Resort
  • Crotched Mountain Ski & Ride
  • Crystal Mountain
  • Crystal Mountain, Inc.
  • Dartmouth Skiway
  • Deer Crest Home Owners Association Private Trails
  • Deer Valley Resort Company
  • Devil’s Head Resort & Convention Center
  • Diamond Peak Ski Resort
  • Discovery Ski Area
  • DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.
  • Dodge Ridge Wintersports Area
  • Donner Ski Ranch
  • Double H Ranch
  • Durango Mountain Resort
  • Eagle Point Resort
  • Eagle Rock Ski Area Saw Creek Estates Community Association, Inc.
  • Eaglebrook School
  • Eaglecrest Ski Area
  • Eastman Cross Country
  • Eldora Mountain Resort
  • Elk Mountain Ski Resort, Inc.
  • Elk Ridge Ski & Outdoor Recreation Area
  • Fernwood Resort and C.C.
  • Frisco Adventure Park
  • Frost Fire Ski & Snowboard Area
  • Giants Ridge Golf & Ski Resort
  • Gore Mountain
  • Grand Geneva Resort
  • Grand Targhee Resort
  • Granite Gorge Ski Area
  • Granite Peak at Rib Mountain State Park
  • Granlibakken Ski Area
  • Great Bear Ski Valley
  • Greek Peak Mountain Resort Mt. Rose – Ski Tahoe
  • Gunstock Mountain Resort
  • Hawk Island Snow Park
  • Hawksnest Resort
  • Haystack Club
  • Heavenly Mountain Resort
  • Hidden Valley Resort
  • Hidden Valley Ski Area
  • Highlands of Olympia
  • Hillberg Ski Area
  • Hilltop Ski Area
  • Hogadon Ski Area
  • Holiday Mountain Ski Area
  • Holiday Valley Resort
  • HoliMont Ski Area
  • Homewood Mountain Resort
  • Hoodoo Ski Area
  • Howelsen Hill Ski Area
  • Huff Hills Ski Area
  • Hunt Hollow Ski Area
  • Hunter Mountain
  • Hurricane Ridge Ski Area
  • Hyland Ski and Snowboard Area
  • Indianhead Mountain
  • Jack Frost Mountain
  • Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
  • Jay Peak Ski Resort
  • Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort
  • Keystone Resort
  • Killington Resort
  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort
  • King Pine Ski Area
  • Lake City Ski Hill
  • Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
  • Liberty Mountain Resort
  • Liberty Mountain SnowFlex Centre
  • Lookout Pass Ski Area
  • Loon Mountain Recreation Corp.
  • Lost Trail Ski Area, Inc.
  • Lost Valley Ski Area
  • Loup Loup Ski Area
  • Loveland Ski Area
  • Lutsen Mountains
  • Mad River Glen 1974
  • Mad River Mountain
  • Magic Mountain Ski Area
  • Mammoth
  • Maple Ski Ridge
  • Massanutten Ski Resort
  • McCauley Mtn. Ski Center
  • McIntyre Ski Area
  • Middlebury College Snow Bowl
  • Mission Ridge Ski & Board Resort
  • Mohawk Mountain Ski Area
  • Monarch Mountain
  • Mont Du Lac Recreation
  • Montana Snowbowl
  • Moonlight Basin
  • Mount Bohemia
  • Mount Kato Ski Area
  • Mount Lakeridge Ski & Board Center
  • Mount Peter Ski Area
  • Mount Pleasant of Edinboro
  • Mount Snow Resort
  • Mount Southington Ski Area
  • Mount Sunapee Resort
  • Mountain Creek
  • Mountain High Resort
  • Mt. Abram Resort
  • Mt. Ashland
  • Mt. Bachelor, Inc.
  • Mt. Baker
  • Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts, Inc.
  • Mt. Crescent Ski Area
  • Mt. Eyak Ski Area
  • Mt. Holiday Ski & Recreation Area
  • Mt. Holly Ski Resort, Inc.
  • Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort
  • Mt. Hood Skibowl
  • Mt. La Crosse
  • Mt. Lemmon Ski Valley
  • Mt. Shasta Ski Park
  • Mt. Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park
  • Mt. Zion
  • Mystic Miner Ski Resort
  • Mystic Mountain/Nemacolin Woodlands
  • Nashoba Valley Ski Area
  • Nordic Mountain Ski Area
  • Northstar California
  • Nub’s Nob Ski Area
  • Oak Mountain
  • Ober Gatlinburg Ski Resort
  • Oglebay Resort
  • Okemo Mountain Resort
  • Otis Ridge
  • Otsego Ski Club
  • Pajarito Mountain Ski Area
  • Paoli Peaks, Inc.
  • Park City Mountain Resort
  • Pats Peak
  • Pebble Creek Ski Area
  • Peek ‘n Peak Resort
  • Perfect North Slopes
  • Pico Mountain
  • Pine Mountain
  • Plattekill Mountain
  • Pocono Ranch Lands Property Owners
  • Polar Peak Ski Bowl
  • Pomerelle Mountain Resort
  • Powder Mountain
  • Powder Ridge Ski Area
  • Powderhorn Resort
  • Proctor Ski Area
  • Quechee Ski Area
  • Ragged Mountain Resort
  • Red Lodge Mountain Resort
  • Red River Ski Area, Inc.
  • Roundtop Mountain Resort
  • Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort
  • Saddleback Maine
  • Sandia Peak Ski Area
  • Sapphire Valley Ski Area
  • Schweitzer Mountain Resort
  • Seven Springs Mountain Resort
  • Shanty Creek Resorts
  • Shawnee Mountain Ski Area
  • Shawnee Peak Ski Area
  • Showdown Montana
  • Sierra-at-Tahoe Snowsports Resort
  • Silver Mountain Ski and Year Round Waterpark Resort!
  • Silverton Mountain
  • Sipapu Ski & Summer Resort
  • Ski Apache Resort
  • Ski Big Bear
  • Ski Bluewood
  • Ski Brule
  • Ski Butternut
  • Ski Cooper
  • Ski Granby Ranch
  • Ski Gull, Inc.
  • Ski Santa Fe
  • Ski Sawmill Family Resort
  • Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park
  • Ski Sundown
  • Ski Ward Ski Area
  • Sky Tavern
  • Sleeping Giant Ski Area
  • Sleepy Hollow Sports Park, Inc.
  • Smugglers’ Notch Resort
  • SNO Mountain
  • Snow Creek Ski Area
  • Snow King Resort
  • Snow Mountain Ranch
  • Snow Ridge Ski Resort
  • Snow Snake Ski & Golf
  • Snow Summit Mountain Resort
  • Snow Trails
  • Snow Valley Mountain Resort
  • Snowbasin Resort Co.
  • Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
  • Snowhaven
  • Snowmass
  • Snowshoe
  • Snowy Range Ski & Recreation Area
  • Soda Springs Ski Area
  • Soldier Mountain Ski Area
  • Solitude Mountain Resort
  • Song Mountain Resort
  • Spirit Mountain Recreation Area
  • Squaw Valley Resort, LLC
  • Steamboat Ski & Resort
  • Stevens Pass
  • Stowe Mountain Resort
  • Stratton
  • Sugar Bowl Resort
  • Sugar Mountain Ski Area
  • Sugarbush Resort
  • Sugarloaf
  • Suicide Six Ski Area
  • Sun Valley Resort
  • Sunburst Ski Area
  • Sundance
  • Sunday River Ski Resort
  • Sundown Mountain Ski and Snowboard Resort
  • Sunlight Mountain Resort
  • Sunrise Park Resort
  • Swain Resort
  • Swiss Valley Ski & Board Area
  • Tahoe Donner Ski Area
  • Tamarack Resort
  • Taos Ski Valley, Inc.
  • Telluride Ski & Golf Resort
  • Terry Peak Ski Area
  • Teton Pass Ski Area
  • The Hidden Valley Club
  • The Homestead
  • The Homestead Ski Area
  • The Rock Ski & Snowboard Park
  • The Summit At Snoqualmie
  • Theodore Wirth Winter Recreation Area
  • Thunder Ridge Ski Area
  • Timber Ridge Ski Area
  • Timberline Four Seasons Resort
  • Timberline Lodge & Ski Area
  • Titus Mountain Family Ski Center, LLC 1974
  • Triple M-Mystical Mountain
  • Trollhaugen Winter Recreation Area
  • Tubes R Us
  • Tussey Mountain Ski Area
  • Tuxedo Ridge Ski Center at Sterling Forest
  • Tyrol Basin Ski & Snowboard Area
  • Vail Mountain
  • Villa Olivia Ski Area
  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
  • Waterville Valley Resort
  • Welch Village Ski Area, Inc.
  • White Pass Ski Area
  • Whiteface
  • Whitefish Mountain Resort
  • Whitetail Resort
  • Whitetail Ridge Ski Area
  • Wild Mountain
  • Wildcat Mountain Ski Area & Summer Gondola
  • Willamette Pass Resort
  • Wilmot Mountain
  • Windham Mountain
  • Winter Park Resort
  • Wintergreen Resort
  • Winterplace Ski Resort
  • Wisp Resort
  • Wolf Mountain Ski Resort LLC
  • Wolf Ridge Ski Resort
  • Woodbury Ski Area
  • Xanadu SnowPark
  • Yawgoo Valley Ski Area & Water Park
  • Yellowstone Mountain Club

5 Responses to “Who is Supporting the Bill that Could Hurt Your Rivers?”

    Jeff Wiedner

    That was our reaction, too, Peter. The organizations that are endorsing the bill are actively supporting it. The other resorts are the 350+ member businesses of the National Ski Areas Association, which is a lead endorser.

    Ray Carpenter

    More like every ski area nationwide…. I recognize names from MA, VT, and NC

SFAmerViking

I propose a nationwide weekend “sickday” of employees at these resorts who rely on rivers for their summer employment (and enjoyment!).

Lois Shubert

We need the water for our drinking and for the crops that are grown for the country to eat. Don’t allow the ski resorts to take the water that is needed so badly for us to drink and grow the food the nation needs to eat.