Snowmaking could increase heavy metals pollution

Levels of cadmium, copper, lead, manganese and zinc in Snake River, Colorado could increase by up to 12.5 percent if Arapahoe Basin ski area is granted permission for a snowmaking system.

Arapahoe Basin resort officials want to introduce snowmaking to help the resort become the first year-round ski area. But environmentalists warn that if water is drawn out of the Snake River to make snow, there will be an increased concentration of metals in the water leaching from the area’s defunct mines.

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