In the Press

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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JH News & Guide, January 15, 2020

Two prized Jackson Hole streams polluted by E. coli – DEQ: E. coli too high in Fish, Flat Creeks

Fish Creek and portions of Flat Creek have joined the list of “impaired” waters in Wyoming because of elevated levels of E. coli bacteria. The levels exceed standards for recreational contact.

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JH News & Guide, January 8, 2020

Nitrates rising: A concerning groundwater pollutant climbs in some JH reaches

“I don’t want to sound crude, but we’re pooping into our drinking water,” said Dan Heilig, a senior conservation advocate for the Wyoming Outdoor Council.

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JH News & Guide, April 10, 2019

All the stuff we’re flushing needs a better solution

Septic systems leak pollutants into groundwater, but they’re hard to get rid of

In Teton County’s struggle against water pollution, perhaps the most perplexing foe is the septic system. The valley is rife with that common apparatus, though studies have charged it with contributing to the corruption of local water sources. Experts judge the vast majority of soil in Jackson Hole unsuitable for septic systems, yet a third of all parcels in the county dispose of wastewater via the humble device.

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JH News & Guide, December 12, 2018

County’s sewage system is all mapped out

Valley’s wastewater is disposed of by diverse methods, even in the same neighborhood

For the first time a detailed, parcel-by-parcel map shows where sewer lines go and where septic systems sit in the most densely developed parts of Teton County. The map provides a new tool for community planners seeking ways to improve ground and surface water quality, which isn’t as pristine as it seems.

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JH News & Guide, August 1, 2018

Hoback folks avoid drinking their well water

Nitrate concentrations in the drinking water are at the line of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s safe drinking-water standard.

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Engineer James Brough, a water-quality specialist, said that nitrate pollution typically stems from agriculture, an unlikely culprit in a community where cropland is limited to hay fields and livestock to a few horses. “I think the Hoback Junction case may be a combination of some lack of oversight in the past,” Brough said, “and a high-density of septic systems for the area.”

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JH News & Guide, August 31, 2016

Lodge sewage not up to snuff

Brooks Lake records are lacking; E. coli readings are off the chart

More often than not over the past decade the operators of Brooks Lake Lodge have not turned in water quality data. At times, when monitoring reports containing water quality data have been submitted, there have been shockingly noncompliant levels of some pollutants.

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