A virtual public meeting will be held on July 8 to discuss nitrate levels in the Hoback Junction area. Photo: Imani

HOBACK, Wyo. — Today, June 25, The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Teton County and the Teton Conservation District announced they will host a virtual meeting on July 8 to discuss nitrate levels in the groundwater in the Hoback Junction area.

The public is invited to attend.

In June 2020, The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) received a complaint and request to investigate the cause of groundwater contamination in the Hoback Junction area. The complaint specifically requested that the DEQ investigate and determine the cause or causes of nitrates in groundwater, which exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s maximum contamination level of 10 mg/L.

“There’s been a lot of speculation on the cause of rising nitrate in the Hoback Junction groundwater. This investigation is intended to provide that answer with rigor and help the community move forward in finding solutions” said Ted Van Holland, environmental permit engineer for Teton County.

The groundwater in this area is used as a source of public and private drinking water. The project team is assembling available data and developing a site assessment report.

“Attending this presentation will allow interested parties to learn about the proposed project scope, current project activities, and allow for public input into the information being used or reviewed for the investigation,” said Carlin Girard, Teton Conservation District’s Water Resources Specialist & Associate Director. “This is the first and best opportunity for the public to learn, ask questions and be involved in this phase of the project.”

The meeting will cover the project background, scope of work, ongoing work, and associated challenges. Additionally, the public will be given an opportunity to provide comments and feedback to assist with the study.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 8 via Zoom. The public can access the Zoom room here. Call-in information can be found here.

For more information, please contact Nicole Twing, DEQ Geology Supervisor at 307-777-8275 nicole.twing@wyo.gov or check the project website.

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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.