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County: Club work not OK’d

Snake River Sporting Club must secure many after-the-fact permits for floodplain work.

Snake River Sporting Club

Large berms, two ponds and burn piles are seen from the air Aug. 12, 2018, at the Snake River Sporting Club. The land is part of a Jackson Hole Land Trust conservation easement. The Sporting Club’s owner said he’s working with local and federal partners, but critics contend changes to the “scenic” riverbank are what they feared all along.

A private club that meanders along the Snake River south of Jackson is being required to secure after-the-fact permits for building an unauthorized levee, berm, ponds and a bridge.

Acting on a complaint from the Bridger-Teton National Forest, a Teton County planner, engineer and floodplain administrator visited the Snake River Sporting Club on Aug. 10. A week later Teton County wrote a letter to property owner Christopher Swann instructing him to start the process of rectifying two flood-control projects and a bridge built without their knowledge.

Snake River Sporting Club

Snake River Sporting Club owner Christopher Swann stands atop a gravel trench filled with rock to protect the club’s golf course from an encroaching Snake River.

Aerial imagery from 1967 and 2018 shows the dynamic nature of the Snake River over the decades as channels and braids shift across the canyon floor near the present-day Snake River Sporting Club.

Aerial imagery from 1967 and 2018 shows the dynamic nature of the Snake River over the decades as channels and braids shift across the canyon floor near the present-day Snake River Sporting Club.
Snake River Sporting Club

Piles of what appear to be construction waste burn alongside two ponds behind large berms on a conservation easement at the Snake River Sporting Club south of Jackson.

Snake River Sporting Club

A 60-by-8-foot bridge spanning a relic side channel of the Snake River was found to be unpermitted, according to Teton County documents. The Snake River Sporting Club will be required to submit after-the-fact bridge and floodplain development permit applications to the county.

Snake River Sporting Club

The Snake River has cut into the bank along a golf cart path at the Snake River Sporting Club, exposing a string of rock and boulders placed inland from the river last November to prevent damage to the golf course and its neighboring house and condominium development.

Contact Mike Koshmrl at 732-7067, or @JHNGenviro.

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(1) comment

Kristen Rivers

Really good investigative reporting . Thank you for this example of the important role of good journalism in service to the public. Curious to know who they contracted with to perform the work , not sure who would accept such a project without permits, engineering, ES, etc.

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