In the Press

JH News & Guide, September 24, 2020

Board of Health votes to investigate new water regulations

The Teton District Board of Health unanimously approved an investigation into proposed regulations on public water systems.

The proposed rules would mandate publication of notices if a public water system exceeds nitrate levels of 3 milligrams per liter, which the EPA says “generally indicates contamination.” The goal is to keep water systems from approaching 10 milligrams per liter, which the EPA deems hazardous for consumption.

Read More
JH News & Guide, September 9, 2020

Nitrate warning system sought after Hoback water pollution

District Health Board will consider a system at next meeting to enhance drinking water protections.

Water quality advocates Protect Our Water Jackson Hole and Wyoming Outdoor Council are asking public health officials to alert Jackson Hole residents and launch an investigation whenever a concerning water pollutant, nitrates, climbs above natural levels.

Read More
JH News & Guide, August 26, 2020

Brooks Lake has noxious blue-green algae

Lake is likely state’s highest-elevation water body to have bacteria advisory.

People and their pets have been advised to steer clear of the water due to the WY Department of Health recreational health advisory.

Read More
JH News & Guide, August 4, 2020

Jackson Hole creek users warned of health risks

Tubers, anglers and other folks recreating in two of Jackson Hole’s most central and revered streams are being warned of a health hazard inherent in their outdoor pursuit. Warning signs are soon going up to alert users to potentially dangerous E. coli levels in Fish Creek, along with lower reaches of Flat Creek.

Read More
JH News & Guide, July 31, 2020

E. coli warning signs going up on Fish Creek and Flat Creek

Elevated levels of E. coli in Fish Creek and Flat Creek are leading Teton County’s health officials to put up signs to warn swimmers and float-tubers of the potentially harmful bacteria in the waters.

Read More
JH News & Guide, July 22, 2020

Hoback RV Park put on notice for failing septic system that’s pooling sewage

Discharge possibly went over cliff into the Snake.

Wyoming Outdoor Council and Protect Our Water Jackson Hole submitted a request for investigation to the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WY DEQ) after they noticed that the commercial large capacity septic system located at the Hoback RV Park lacked permits to discharge the volume of sewage it was. The owner and operator of the failing septic system has since been sent notices of violation from Teton County and the WY DEQ.

Read More
Buckrail, April 20, 2020

Local organization spearheads wastewater planning initiative

JACKSON, Wyo. — One of Teton County’s greatest assets has always been the abundant, cold and clean water that feeds the Upper Snake River watershed. This watershed sustains the Snake River Alluvial Aquifer, a federally—designated sole-source aquifer that provides drinking water to the residents and visitors of Jackson Hole.

Read More
JH News & Guide, March 11, 2020

Septic regulation redo kicks off – County gets to work on proposed revised septic rules

Mandatory maintenance not a part of the proposal, disappointing water quality advocates.

Teton County is preparing the first update of the community’s septic system regulations in a decade, and water quality advocates are taking the opportunity to push for sweeping reform and more environmentally protective rules.

Read More
JH News & Guide, February 12, 2020

Water watchdogs ask for Hoback septic investigation

State regulators say they have no conclusions about legality of Hoback water systems.

Wyoming Outdoor Council senior conservation advocate Dan Heilig, an environmental attorney researching compliance with Teton County and state water quality regulations, has asked for an investigation of two large capacity septic systems in Hoback Junction area.

Read More
JH News & Guide, February 5, 2020

With Jackson Hole’s sewage, a treatment tradeoff – Sewage vs. savings on energy

The valley’s wastewater plant now demands less electricity, but some warn that water quality and taxpayers may ultimately take a hit.

Read More