Snake River Draft Management Plan
Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:11am
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
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.