The work we did as Friends of Fish Creek allowed us to recognize that the effects of nutrient pollution evident in Fish Creek extends far beyond the Westbank of the Snake River, seriously threatening water quality throughout Jackson Hole. Therefore, we have taken on a new challenge and a new name – Protect Our Water Jackson Hole. Water pollution in our seemingly pristine valley is caused by nutrients from several sources that threaten serious damage to our environment, health, and economy. Essential solutions to our nutrient pollution problems are now underway but much more must be done. We need your help.
Why Friends of Fish Creek is now Protect Our Water Jackson Hole:
- Our original purpose was solving the nutrient pollution issues on the Westbank, but we have learned that excess nutrients tied to our growing population are degrading water quality throughout Teton County. Disturbing examples of nutrient pollution are already evident in the Hoback area and Kelly, WY.
- Elevated nitrate levels in groundwater, a sign of contamination, have been documented at several locations across Teton County.
- Excess nutrients can cause water quality problems both near and far from the location where they enter rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and groundwater. Reducing nutrients from sources such as wastewater, landscape fertilizer, pets and livestock will require county-wide solutions.
- Nutrient pollution poses a serious threat to human health, the economy (tourism and property values) and the environment.
- Climate change, a growing population and increasing tourism will likely raise the problem of nutrient pollution to crisis levels if action is not taken.