Joint Media Release from Casper-Natrona County Public Health, Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, and Town of Mills 

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2018 

Media Contacts: 
Casper-Natrona County Health Department 
Ruth Heald, Program Manager, Environmental Health Division
(307) 577-9736
rheald@cnchd.org 

Town of Mills 
Christine Trumbull, Town Clerk
307-439-1255
ctrumbull@millswy.gov
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality Keith Guille, Public Information Officer keith.guille@wyo.gov 307-777-6105 307-631-3084 

Restrictions Lifted on Recreational Use on the North Platte River 

On Tuesday June 26, 2018, the Casper-Natrona County Health issued a recommendation that citizens avoid recreational use of the North Platte River from SW Wyoming Boulevard bridge downstream (east) to the Natrona/Converse County line after learning of potential contamination of the river from a sewage leak along Casper Creek. Water testing of Casper Creek and the North Platte River has been completed by the Town of Mills and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Water testing of Casper Creek and the North Platte River has been conducted by the Town of Mills and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality. Results indicate that the streams have been impacted less than expected. 

Restrictions for use of the river have been lifted; however, due to the nature of the release citizens should take precautions after entering the water. Untreated surface waters may contain bacteria and/or other pathogens that may cause illness. Ingestion of untreated water should be avoided and individuals should wash hands or shower as soon as possible after exposure to surface water. For more recommendations on healthy swimming and recreational water use, see the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at: https://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/swimming/swimmers/swim-healthy.html.