Hoback Junction Drinking Water Meeting

Join us on Thursday, September 13, 2018 for a joint meeting of the Teton Conservation District and Teton County Health Department. We will be hosting a Public Meeting to discuss the topic of drinking water quality in Hoback Junction.

Date:                   Thursday, September 13, 2018

Time:                  5:30PM to 7:00PM 

Location:         Hoback Fire Station #3

Hosted By:     Teton Conservation District, Teton County Health Department     

Contact:           Carlin Girard, Teton Conservation District, carlin@tetonconservation.org, 307-733-2110

                                 Sara Budge, Teton County Health Department, sara.budge@wyo.gov, 307-732-8490

Purpose:           The purpose of this meeting is to discuss existing information about drinking water issues in Hoback Junction, as well as potential options for addressing them. The Public Meeting, which will be held from 5:30PM to 7:00PM, will be designed to present existing information, provide technical guidance to homeowners, increase community awareness, and answer questions.

Issue:              Water quality data from public water supplies in the Hoback Junction area have identified a persistent, and in some cases increasing, concentration of Nitrates in drinking water supply wells that is at or above the drinking water criteria of 10 mg/L set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Goals:             The goals of this meeting include:

(1)   Consolidating existing information about drinking water issues and previously proposed solutions;

(2)   Building common understanding about drinking water problems in Hoback Junction;

(3)   Using a Stakeholder driven approach to develop action steps for moving forward; and,

(4)   Cataloging public resources that are available for private property owners in Hoback Junction.

Well Testing: Well water chemistry, bacteria

Links:

Wyoming Water Development Commission Hoback Water Supply Study 

Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality J-W Report

Jackson Hole News and Guide Article

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