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    Grand Teton

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  • Bears are active in Grand Teton

    Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »

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  • Multi-use Pathway Closures

    Intermittent closures of the park Multi-use Pathway System will occur through mid-October during asphalt sealing and safety improvement work. Pathway sections will reopen as work is completed. Follow the link for a map and more information. More »

Potable Water Restored to Colter Bay After Water Main Break

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Date: August 19, 2012
Contact: Public Affairs Office, 307.739.3431

At noon on Sunday, August 19, water at Colter Bay Village was deemed safe to drink, 46 hours after a piece of heavy machinery ruptured the water main servicing the village. Grand Teton National Park maintenance crews worked until they successfully completed repair work on the three foot break at 9:00 p.m., and non-potable water service was fully restored to Colter Bay by 10:00 p.m. Friday, August 17.

Just before 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 17 an employee of the contractor working on the north district road improvement project in Grand Teton National Park struck the historic water line with a backhoe causing the line to rupture. The concrete Colter Bay water main was installed in the early 1950's and is slated for replacement this fall.

Grand Teton National Park rangers and maintenance crews immediately responded and shut off water to the line within minutes of the incident. Park staff implemented an emergency action plan that included deployment of pre-staged pallets of water jugs, mobile water filling stations and portable restrooms.

The repair held through the night Friday and there were no signs of leaks Saturday morning. A water sample was taken in the morning on Saturday, August 18 and delivered to a State of Wyoming approved lab in Yellowstone National Park for testing. Grand Teton National Park received word from the lab just before noon on Sunday that the water sample met required quality control standards and was deemed safe for consumption.

Grand Teton National Park, the Federal Highway Administration, HK Contractors, and Grand Teton Lodge Company worked together to limit disruption to visitor services and ensure visitor and employee safety during the water service interruption. All visitor services, including food service, at Colter Bay remained open throughout the weekend.

Did You Know?

Mt. Moran in July

Did you know that the black stripe, or dike, on the face of Mount Moran is 150 feet wide and extends six or seven miles westward? The black dike was once molten magma that squeezed into a crack when the rocks were deep underground, and has since been lifted skyward by movement on the Teton fault.