The Jackson Wastewater Treatment facility returns treated water back to the Snake River. Photo: Nick Sulzer // Buckrail

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Town of Jackson’s Public Works Department recently issued two requests for proposals related to water quality. The first is a technical review of the Town’s Wastewater Treatment Plant and the second is a stormwater master plan for the Town’s Stormwater Management Program.

The review of the treatment plant will take place between August and October and will look at historical data, the current state of the plant and recommend potential improvements. Currently, the plant exceeds the standards issued by the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

According to a press release by the town announcing the two initiatives, “working with partners and listening to constituents, the Town understands that as the plant’s treated water ends up in the Snake River, that the standards must be above and beyond DEQ’s requirements.”

Representatives from American Rivers, Ducks Unlimited, Protect Our Water JH, Snake River Fund, Teton Conservation District and Wyoming Game and Fish will select the consultant to perform the technical review in August.

There will be an open house to inform the community about findings and proposed improvements. The consultant will also provide a final report with analysis, recommendations and cost estimates.

The contract for a stormwater master plan is slated to be awarded in August. Existing data is expected to be reviewed from November through December. The plan is slated for implementation by August 2023.

The project seeks a consultant or team to develop a stormwater master plan for the town highlighting the current state, best practices and recommendations for improvement related to stormwater, rainfall, runoff and reduction of pollutants.

Work will build from the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s control measures for municipal storm sewer systems. The project will start with an evaluation of the Town’s facilities and operations and existing water quality monitoring programs. The project will also compare the town’s systems, programs and local regulations to those in similar communities.

The consultant will also prepare stormwater manuals, evaluate funding options, and create a community engagement strategy.

Water Quality was one of six Council priorities identified during their 2021 Retreat.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.