Flat Creek Watershed Management Plan Revision

Flat Creek Headwaters

Teton Conservation District is revising the Flat Creek Watershed Management Plan (2006). The purpose of this Plan is to restore water and habitat quality in the Flat Creek watershed by reducing contaminant loads, enhancing aquatic habitat and generally improve fishery and recreational potential. The 2018 revision will revisit and re-prioritize the management practices and policies to further improve and protect Flat Creek.  Alder Environmental LLC is facilitating the revision process.

INPUT SOLICITED

Please provide input through the following avenues:
     A)  Attend Public Stakeholder Meeting Monday, May 7th, 2018 from 5-6 pm, Teton County Library (125 Virginian Ln)
     B)  Members of the community are encouraged to complete the online Participation Survey
     C)  Email written comment to brooke@alderenvironmental.com
     D)  Mail written comment to Brooke Stallings at P.O. Box 6519, Jackson, WY 83002

BACKGROUND/PURPOSE

Teton Conservation District is revising the Flat Creek Watershed Management Plan (2006). The purpose of this Plan is to restore water and habitat quality in the Flat Creek watershed to meet regulatory requirements and to achieve stakeholders goals. In 1996, the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) designated Flat Creek as threatened due to non-point source pollution. Further monitoring completed by Teton Conservation District and the Town of Jackson confirmed that Flat Creek was impaired due to sediment loading from urban stormwater runoff. Stakeholders within the watershed opted to implement a locally led watershed planning process to work towards compliance with the US Clean Water Act.

Since the 2006 Flat Creek Watershed Management Plan, numerous water quality and stream habitat best management practices have been implemented in the watershed. The purpose of the revision is to document changes to Flat Creek watershed management, in order to provide the platform for future remedial actions and funding considerations. The primary purpose of the current revision process is to update the 2006 Flat Creek Creek Watershed Management Plan to reflect new information from ongoing and completed projects, stakeholder engagement, and research, as well as to revisit and re-prioritize management practices and policies to further improve and protect Flat Creek.

Flat Creek Watershed Management Plan (2006): A Summary

A)  Watershed Goals:
       Water Quality Goal – Restore water quality in Flat Creek to meet the state’s designated uses for the waterbody
       Riparian Habitat Goal – Protect and restore riparian habitat along Flat Creek and its tributaries
       Aquatic Habitat Goal – Improve aquatic habitat in Flat Creek to maintain native trout populations

B)  Management Practices Proposed (see examples from Table 6):
       Structural – Construction, installation and maintenance to capture pollutants, enhance habitat, and eliminate erosion
       Non-Structural – Changes to activities or behavior that reduce pollutants at their source, or prevent habitat degradation
       Administration & Monitoring – Implementation of the watershed plan, annual evaluation of projects and stream conditions

C)  Successes & Measurements of Progress:
       Karns Meadow Stormwater Treatment Wetland
       Expanded and improved street sweeping
       Additional stormwater treatment vaults 
       Development of the Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Guide