Public Health advises no recreational contact with Popo Agie, city ditch water

(Lander, Wyo.) – In conjunction with the Popo Agie Conservation District, Fremont County Public Health recommends that no recreational swimming, wading or similar activities take place in the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River. This includes the ditches that run through the Lander City Park.

This is due to the recent notification from Popo Agie Conservation District that bacteria monitoring has exceeded the standard for primary contact recreation. The conservation district monitors the water quality on the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River weekly during the recreation season. Monitoring will continue until the standard measurement has returned to normal. At that time, we will take down the signs and alert the public that the waters are now within normal limits.

Elevated levels of E.Coli bacteria can be responsible for potentially dangerous gastro-intestinal illnesses. Symptoms of illness can be stomach cramps, bloody diarrhea, nausea/vomiting and low grade fever. If you are experiencing these symptoms, follow up with your physician.

Fremont County Public Health has posted signs warning of the dangers of recreating in these waters and signs will be in place until further notice.

According to Jeri Trebelcock, the Popo Agie Conservation District Board, staff and local volunteers are working hard to promote education and other technical expertise and voluntary programs that will improve the water quality in our community.

For further information, you may contact the Popo Agie Conservation District at 1-307-332-3114 or Fremont County Public Health at 1-307-332-1073.

–Provided by Fremont County Public Health