Snake River Management Plan

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Snake River Management Plan

Snake River Management Plan Pre-Season Certification & Allocation Documents

January 20, 2015

The Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Department has released the Snake River Management Plan Pre-Season Certification and Allocation documents.  Below you will find links to a Certification Checklist, as well as four forms that will need to be completed in order to be considered for 2015 pre-season allocations.  Completed certification information must be received by Friday, February 13th at 5:00 pm.

We know this is a new process, and understand that there will likely be numerous questions.  As such, staff is hosting an Open House on January 22nd from 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the 4H Extension Office, located at 255 W Deloney in Jackson.  This is the perfect time to ask questions pertaining to certification and get some guidance on proper completion of the forms.  We invite all to attend. 

Once all the items on the Certification Checklist are complete, information can be submitted the following ways:

  • Email to Megan Curfman at mcurfman@tetonwyo.org 
  • Drop packets off (Attn: Megan Curfman) at the Teton County/Jackson Recreation Center at 155 E Gill. 
  • Mail packets to Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation (Attn: Megan Curfman), PO Box 811, Jackson, WY 83001

Snake River Managment Updates

January 12, 2015

Today the Board of County Commissioners reviewed a draft set of Frequently Asked Questions about commercial permitting, pre-season certification, program budget and outreach and public engagement schedule.

The next steps in the Snake River Management Plan implementation schedule include the online posting of the Outfitter Certification Application and Pre-season Allocation Request forms on Tuesday, January 20th and an Open House/Question and Answer session with county staff on January 22nd at the University of Wyoming Extension Office at 255 West Delonely Street between 3:00-7:00pm.

Questions about commercial permitting and certifications may be directed to Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation at 732.5753.

Snake River Management Plan Approved

December 17, 2014

After nearly two years of public hearings, community meetings and much public discourse, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners approved the proposed Snake River Management Plan on Tuesday, December 16, 2014. Teton County will be entering into a permitting role in the spring of 2015 on the Snake River for all commercial activity from Moose to Hoback. 

Since this process began, the Board of Commissioners has been dedicated to preserving our amazing resource that is the Snake River, while maintaining public access and a high quality of experience for all river users - whether private or commercial.  In order to achieve these goals, there is need for commercial use regulation and setting daily commercial boat capacities, allowing the quality of experience to remain high.   In basic terms, the plan requires all commercial outfitters to be certified and permitted to float between Moose and Hoback.  Certification will include objective criteria such as professional qualifications, proof of insurance, and historical use on the Snake River. All certified outfitters will be considered for pre-season allocations per the plan, as well as be able to utilize permits from the in-season “pool.”   The in-season pool was designed to allow for daily flexibility and to be able to accommodate the busy days and peaks throughout the season. 

The commissioner's adoption outlined additional conditions not originally set forth in the plan and includes the removal of allocations and boat capacities from Moose - Wilson and South Park - Hoback.  These two stretches will only be required to permit, report and pay fees during the first year.    The Wilson to South Park stretch remains subject to allocations and boat capacities, in addition to permitting, reporting and the fee structure.  Furthermore, Staff has been directed to provide the Board of County Commissioners with an annual report for further consideration. The commissioners also stressed the dynamic nature of the plan itself, acknowledging that the plan should be flexible with future needs. 

In addition to their approval of the Snake River Management Plan and conditions, the Commission directed staff to address trespassing on private land in the plan and develop a boat identification system.  Staff has also been asked to provide further insight to the fiscal impact of the administration of the management plan including details on revenue neutrality. 

On Monday, December 22, Staff will be presenting a timeline to the Board of County Commissioners for discussion and review.   Teton County recognizes the need to proceed quickly with the certification and permitting process; Parks and Recreation will provide a schedule and outline concerning the process as soon as it is approved by the Board of County Commissioners.  We anticipate this to be completed and make this information public within 30 days. 

In the meantime, both private and commercial river users can visit the Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation Snake River Management page for information concerning this project.

Snake Rive Public Comments Released

December 2, 2014

Public comments and online feedback given regarding the Snake River 2014 Usage Report and Draft Preferred Alternative are now available online.  The Teton County Board of County Comissioners will meet with Confluence Research and Consulting at their regular meeting, on Tuesday December 16th, to provide direction on the final plan.  

Online Feedback 

Public Comments Part 1

Public Comments Part 2

Public Comment Part 3

Snake River Management Plan Updates & Timeline

November 18, 2014

The Teton County Board of County Commissioner held a Special Meeting on Monday, November 17, 2014 to discuss the recently released Snake River Management Plan Draft Preferred Alternative.  Confluence Research & Consulting, the consultant group contracted to develop the plan, attended the meeting remotely via video conference to explain the plan and answer questions that both the public and Board of County Commissioners had regarding the Draft Preferred Alternative, as well as provide clarification on many of the actions concerning capacities and allocations.  In addition to asking questions of Confluence Research & Consulting, the Board of County Commissioners also took public comment regarding the Draft Preferred Alternative. Many members of the community, including both private citizens and commercial outfitters, attended the meeting and gave feedback to the Draft Preferred Alternative. 

The Board of County Commissioners reminded the public that the comment period for the Draft Preferred Alternative closes at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 21, 2014 and encouraged public to provide comments, either directly to commissioners@tetonwyo.org or through the online feedback form available at www.tetonparksandrec.org.  Moving forward, the Board of County Commissioners will share and discuss the Draft Preferred Alternative with the Town Council at the December 1st Joint Information Meeting.  No decisions will be made concerning the management of the Snake River until the Board of County Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday, December 16th.  At this time, the Board will formally recommend a direction for Confluence Research and Consulting to follow when creating the Snake River Management Final Plan.  Confluence Research & Consulting will bring the Final Plan back to the Board of County Commissioners in February 2015.

For all documents associated with the Snake River Management, including timelines and important dates, please visit www.tetonparksandrec.org.

Snake River Draft Preferred Alternative Released

October 27, 2014

Online Feedback Form

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department has released the Snake River Draft Preferred Alternative from Confluence Research & Consulting online.  This Draft Preferred Alternative supplements the Draft River Management Plan that was also developed by Confluence.   The Draft Preferred Alternative provides a single set of management actions developed from alternatives in the Draft River Management Plan.  The Draft Preferred Alternative is a recommendation from Confluence based on previous direction from Commissioners, public and stakeholder comment, usage data and strategies from other rivers.  After consideration of public comment, the Teton County Board of County Commissioners will meet on December 16, 2014 and provide Confluence with direction on how to move forward to develop the Final Plan.  Both the Draft Preferred Alternative and Draft River Management Plan are available below:

Draft Preferred Alternative

Draft River Management Plan (released March 14, 2014)

 

Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation and the consulting team are inviting the public to review the Draft Preferred Alternative between now and November 21, 2014.  During this time, we will be collecting comments and feedback to consider when developing the Final Plan.  Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation will also be holding a public open house on Wednesday, November 5th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the 4H Extension Office at 255 W. Deloney.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit with County Commissioners and Parks & Recreation staff and Board, as well as other residents who are interested in the plan.  You will have the opportunity to provide written comment during this open house.  If you are unable to attend but would like to comment, please email commissioners@tetonwyo.org.  The Board of County Commissioners has a Special Meeting scheduled for Monday, November 17th from 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm to discuss the Draft Preferred Alternative.  Confluence Research & Consulting with attend this meeting remotely and be able to clarify and answer any questions the BCC may have.  There will be time at the end of this meeting for public to comment as well. 

If you have any questions concerning the Draft Preferred Alternative, please contact Steve Ashworth, Parks & Recreation Director, at sashworth@tetonwyo.org.

Snake River 2014 Use Study Report

October 13, 2014

Results from 2014 Snake River in Jackson Hole use report are now available online.  This report compiles and analyzes the results found from our onsite staff surveying of river users at both South Park and Wilson from July 3 - September 3, 2014. We'd like to thank both the private and commercial users who logged trips through our voluntary "Register Your Trip" pilot progam this summer.  Data collected from the Register Your Trip online portal was used to assess accuracy of our onsite survey staff.  

The data collected by our staff this summer will assist the consulting team, Confluence Research & Consulting, as they draft the Preferred Alternative for managing the Snake River in Jackson Hole.  We hope to publish the Draft Preferred Alternative by Wednesday, October 29th, and will be hosting a public open house on Wednesday, November 5th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the 4H Extension Office at 255 W. Deloney Avenue in Jackson, Wyoming.  This open house will give the community a chance to provide public comment and feedback, as well as ask questions and receive clarification about the plan.  

Moving forward, meetings have been scheduled with the Board of Commissioners to review the Draft Alternative Plan once is is distributed.  Please download our schedule for a complete listing of all meetings that are currently scheduled.  Please note, these meetings may change - visit our website for the most up to date information.  

Snake River Management Plan Schedule

September 5, 2014

As the summer winds down, we are finishing up the data collection and surveying at the Wilson & South Park boat ramps.  We'd like to thank all the river users and outfitters that helped us this summer as we gathered information.  The information collected is extremely valuable, and further helps us understand the use at both of these sites, as well as how to adequately plan for future use. The "Register Your Trip" site will remain open so that both private and commericial users can continue to log trips.  

Moving forward, Confluence Research Consulting will be analyzing the data collected and bringing a preferred alternative for the management plan to the Board of County Commissioners, with the end goal of adopting a Final Management Plan before the end of February.  The complete schedule of upcoming events can be found here.   

South Park Boat Ramp Design Revised

June 20, 2014

The South Park Boat Ramp Design has been revised to better accomodate the project's overall goals.  The final location of the ramp has been moved downstream about 500 feet.  After further design and review, it has been determined that this slight change will have notable benefits and allow us to better meet the goals of the project, while minimizing impacts on the river.  

Why is the boat ramp location being constructed in this new location?

  • Uses exisiting trees & vegetation to better hide the boat ramp from nearby residents and the highway
  • Uses an existing eddy and naturally slower river flows
  • Provides for approach and staging areas with relatively slow velocities
  • Maximizes safe public use of the facility
  • Protects mature riparian vegetation more than previous design
  • Avoids disturbance of the southern river bank where rock has been installed and where the river is deep and fast moving
  • Minimizes in stream impacts: for example, will eliminate the need for installation of structures in the river
  • Enables access to the ramp from the river from the left and right of the mid-channel sandbar
  • Minimizes river impact or alterations

When is the South Park Boat Ramp Project starting?

Our construction schedule remains the same, with project bidding occuring in late July, construction scheduled to begin in early August with the majority of the project expected to be completed by November 2014.  Any remaining work will be completed in the spring of 2015.  

Updated Drawing of the South Park Boat Ramp 6.30.14

 

Snake River Public Comments Available Online 

June 2, 2014

Following the release of the Snake River Draft Management plan in March 2014, public comments were collected until April 30th via an online comment form.  Confluence Research Consulting compiled the results of the online comment form and the comments recieved as well as the letters sent to Board of County Commission during this time.  Summaries of all comments collected, as well as the extended letters can be found below. 

Snake River Summary of Public Comment - Main Report

Snake River Summary of Public Comment - Extended Letters

Draft River Management Plan Released - Comments Welcome

March 14, 2014

The Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department has released the Snake River in Jackson Hole Draft River Management Plan created by Confluence Research & Consulting.  This comprehensive Draft Plan includes a range of alternatives and options for management of the Snake River, but does specifically identify a preferred alternative.  A final plan will be developed after consideration of public and a workshop with the Teton County Board of County Commissioners.  

Below you will find links to three documents, an invitation for public comment, a 12 page overview and the 75 page draft plan itself.  The overview describes the plan's scope and strategy, with a short review of each major section of the plan.  It also includes the 21 tables which list the decisions to be made as the plan moves towards finalization.  The complete draft plan is the more detailed version.  

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Invitation for Public Comment

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Overview of Draft Management Plan

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Complete Draft Management Plan

Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation and the consulting team are inviting the public to review the Draft Plan between now and April 30th, 2014.  During this time, we will be collecting comments and feedback online to consider when developing the final plan.  Our online comment form includes several multiple choice questions that provide an easy way to for individuals to weigh in on specific topics addressed in the plan.  Teton County/Jackson Parks & Recreation will also be holding a public open house on Monday, April 14th from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Teton County Library auditorium.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the public to visit with Confluence Research and Consulting, County Commissioners, Parks & Recreation staff and Board, as well as your neighbors who are interested in the plan.  There will be a short presentation about the plan and a chance to provide comments in a public setting.  On Tuesday, April 15th the Teton County Board of County Commissioners will hold a workshop with the consulting team to further explore the plan.  

Snake River in Jackson Hole | Online Comment Form

Thank you for taking the time to review the Draft Plan and provide comments.  If you have any questions regarding upcoming meetings or the public comment period, please contact Steve Ashworth at sashworth@tetonwyo.org

Update:  12.19.2013 - BCC Workshop with Confluence Research & Consulting

The Board of County Commissioners will be meeting with Confluence Research & Consulting on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the County chambers to finish the discussion regarding River Management.  Topics covered during this workshop include permitting, fees and revenues.  This BCC Workshop is open to the public, however the County Commissioners will not be taking any public comment.  

Update:  12.10.2013 - BCC Workshop with Confluence Research & Consulting

The Teton County Board of County Commissioners met with Confluence Research & Consulting for workshop concerning the potential river management of the Snake River Corridor.  During this workshop, they discussed the various options for managing permitting and usage, including the number of commercial boats allowed per day.  You can listen in and view the workshop's presentation here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6wInb6NdUg&feature=youtu.be

Update:  8.20.2013 - Grant from Wyoming Game & Fish Received

Teton County is pleased to announce that on August 20th the Board of County Commissioners accepted a grant from the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in the amount of $584,554.00 for the phase one development of the BLM Parcel #26, South Park Bridge Boat Access.  Funds will be used to develop the site to provide critical recreational river and swimming access at the South Park Bridge, as well as provide boating and traffic safety enhancements by allowing the potential closing of the Von Gontard’s Landing on the north side of the Snake River. 

In 2010, voters approved a SPET initiative to fund planning and analysis of five BLM parcels, and facilitate an application to transfer ownership from BLM to Teton County.  Over the last year Teton County staff, with the help of the Snake River Fund, has conducted environmental and cultural studies, along with extensive community use research. From this work Teton County has created a site plan that incorporates the entire eastern section of the parcel along with river bank improvements on the western section.  In addition, the plan provides for necessary site amenities to include parking, pedestrian circulation, restroom and trash facilities, as well as landscaping.   Teton County’s goal is to finalize its planning and the land transfer application process by the end of this month.

Steve Ashworth, Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Director, commented, “The Wyoming Game & Fish Department grant enables us to move from planning into development of the site for the benefit of all river users.  This development will allow the county to ensure safe recreational river access in an environmentally sustainable manner.  Teton County is planning to secure bids for phase one development this fall, as well as complete some preliminary site surveying, with the hopes of being ready to break ground in spring of 2014.”

The phase one development is supported by future phases to include upstream recreational whitewater features, bank terracing and public gathering/spectator areas, and the Wilson Boat launch and recreational beach as demonstrated in the Snake River Corridor Improvement Plan. 

This project is being supported through community donations and a voter approved Specific Purpose Excise Tax in addition to the generous support of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

The proposed site plan for the South Park Bridge Boat and Recreational Access can be viewed here.  

Proposed Drawings & Plans

Wilson Boat Ramp 6.24.13

Wilson Boat Ramp 6.24.13

South Park Boat Ramp 6.24.13

Parcel 23A

Current Data Available:

Snake River Use/Improvements Community Survey Results

Wilson/South Park Usage Data

Parcel 26 Environmental Map

Parcels 9/10 Environmental Map

Recreation & Public Purposes Act

Staff Report - BLM Parcel Management Goals and Design Programming Goals (3/18/2013)

BLM Transfer Plan Update (3/20/2013)