Fate of Pajarito Ski Area in Public’s Hands … Proposed Temporary Pipeline Permit Meeting Tonight

USFS News:

The proposed Pajarito Ski Area temporary pipeline permit will be explained at a public meeting at 6 p.m. today.

The Española Ranger District is hosting the meeting at Trinity on the Hill Episcopal Church, 3900 Trinity Dr. in Los Alamos. The meeting will be in Kelly Hall on the Trinity Dr. side of the church.

Representatives of the Forest Service, Los Alamos County and Pajarito Recreation Limited Partnership will be available to answer questions raised during the “scoping” period.

“This proposal is pretty simple in design,” Española Ranger District Ranger Sandy Hurlocker said. “But we can tell from the number of questions we’ve received that we need to explain clearly who has authority for which part of this project.”

The proposal being considered by the Española Ranger District is to permit a temporary pipeline to be located on National Forest in order to pump water from the Los Alamos Reservoir and a Los Alamos County water tank to the privately owned Pajarito Ski Area. The water will be stored at the ski area for snow making in 2014 and potentially for fire fighting in 2015.

The District was seeking out comments about the project design and implementation during the scoping period, which ended Aug. 22.

For more information, contact Lynn Bjorklund at the Española Ranger District office at 505.753.7331.