JACKSON, Wyo. — Local nonprofit Protect Our Water Jackson Hole (POWJH) has filed a petition challenging the authorization of a wastewater facility permit by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) for the new glamping complex on state trust land near Teton Village.
In June, the Office of State Lands and Investments issued a temporary use permit to Basecamp Hospitality LLC to develop a glamping site on a portion of the state trust lands on Highway 390, Moose-Wilson Road.
POWJH filed the petition on Nov. 28 in Teton County’s 9th Judicial Court, alleging that the WDEQ unlawfully authorized the construction of the wastewater facility under an invalid general permit.
POWJH states in the petition that the system does not meet the definition of a small wastewater facility and the project requires an individual permit “based on the complex hydrology of the area and significant environmental constraints, including groundwater flowing on the surface at various times of the year and the existing E.coli at the headwaters of Fish Creek.”
According to POWJH, the WDEQ invited public comment on the wastewater system on Oct. 28, but the wastewater facility was already constructed.
In a press release announcing the petition, POWJH explained that the system Basecamp applied for would allow greywater to enter a raised mound septic system while sewage would enter a closed system and be pumped out and hauled away. The system that was actually installed allows for both greywater and sewage to enter the septic system leach field, located adjacent to protected wetland.
“We have a situation where an out-of-state developer is exploiting Wyoming State lands for profit, without complying with any rules and regulations which are in place to protect the health and safety of the residents of Wyoming, its tourists and its natural resources,” POWJH said in the press release.
POWJH is requesting a stay for the permit, pending a final determination by the court. The petition can be accessed here.