Public comment on the proposed regulations opened on Oct. 13, 2021, and will close on Dec. 20, 2021. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

TETON COUNTY, Wyo. — Teton County has proposed changes to current small wastewater facility regulations and has opened a 60-day public comment period for residents to learn more about the draft regulations.

In a virtual meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, at 6 p.m., Teton County Engineering staff will present information on proposed changes to the regulations. The meeting is accessible through a Microsoft Teams link here. At the meeting, staff will give a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for a question-and-answer session.

County staff has compiled updated regulations that are in alignment with the relevant Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) rules and include an increase in water quality protection in several meaningful ways. The updates include additional requirements on property owners that build new, small wastewater facilities that aim to achieve a higher level of environmental protection.

Wyoming DEQ released an updated and restructured set of state-wide small wastewater facility rules (Chapter 25 of the Water Quality Rules and Regulations) in 2016. The Delegation Agreement between Teton County and the Wyoming DEQ requires that Teton County maintain permit regulations and design and construction standards that are at least as stringent as the equivalent State standards. The last update to small wastewater facility regulations occurred in 2010.

Public comment on the proposed regulations opened on Oct. 13, 2021, and will close on Dec. 20, 2021. Following the public comment period, draft regulations will go before the Teton County Board of County Commissioners for consideration of approval at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021.

For more information, including the existing regulations, click here. To review the proposed draft regulations, click here.

To provide public comment on the matter, e-mail Teton County Environmental Permitting Engineer Ted VanHolland at or to PO Box 3594, Jackson, Wyoming 83001.

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Caroline Chapman is a Community News Reporter. She's a lover of alliteration, easy-to-follow recipes and board games when everyone knows the rules. Her favorite aspect about living in the Tetons is the collective admiration that Wyomingites share for the land and the life that it sustains.