In the Press

JH News & Guide, November 11, 2020

Comp plan approved with emphasis on water quality

Update zeroes in on water quality, conservation, housing and the economy.

In recent weeks, discussion has focused on water quality and, on Nov. 2, Brad Nielson, the president of Protect Our Water Jackson Hole, successfully lobbied the county commissioners to include language that broadened the scope of a strategy calling for a “water quality enhancement plan” to include a wastewater management plan. The county and Teton County Conservation District are already partnering with the nonprofit to complete such a plan.

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JH News & Guide, September 30, 2020

Guest Shot: We must act now to protect our water

Over 40 years ago, Teton County’s first comprehensive land use plan recognized the threat that mismanaged wastewater and poorly functioning septic systems posed to our valley’s water. A related study conducted at that time identified high groundwater and coarse soils in many areas of the county as incompatible with septic systems, which would contaminate wells, groundwater and surface water. Yet here we are, decades later, and the critical need to protect our precious water resources is largely absent from our Comprehensive Plan, even as nitrate concentrations are rising in groundwater in many areas of our county, threatening access to safe and affordable drinking water.

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JH News & Guide, September 30, 2020

Water quality becomes focus in Comp Plan update

A draft update to the 2012 Jackson/Teton Comprehensive Plan is on its way to elected officials for a final review where water quality is sure to be top of mind.

“We have substitutes for fossil fuels,” County Planning Commissioner Susan Lurie said Monday, arguing for the importance of water quality in Jackson Hole. “There is no substitute for water.”

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Jackson Hole Daily, September 24, 2020

Dog-killing algae investigated in Palisades

The Idaho Department of Environmental quality is investigating the presence of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, in a heavily used lake straddling the Idaho-Wyoming state line: Palisades Reservoir.

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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.

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JH News & Guide, September 23, 2020

Editorial: Clean water can’t be taken for granted

Pollution is creeping into Teton County waters, we need to act now.

Jackson Hole has a water quality problem. For over 40 years we have known that this was coming, but we have been slow to act.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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