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Casper receives $10K grant to fund North Platte River wetlands improvements

A portion of the Platte River Revival project near Jonah Bank in Casper. The yellow “boom” was set up to catch any hydrocarbons released from work being done in the river in 2019. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City))

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Governor’s Big Game Coalition have approved a $10,000 grant to go toward “wetland construction and enhancement in the First Street reach” of Casper’s North Platte River Revival efforts.

The Casper City Council approved the acceptance of this grant during their Tuesday, July 7 meeting.

Assistant to the City Manager Jolene Martinez explained in a memo that the overall cost of wetland enhancements in the First Street reach portion of the restoration project is $35,000. She said that staff have applied for a second $10,000 grant from the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game Coalition.

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“The additional $15,000 will be funded by an approved grant from the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust,” Martinez explained in the memo.

The grant funding from the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game Coalition is administered by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Martinez said that city staff were notified that the grant had been approved on June 23.

The overall Platte River Revival project, some of which is complete, has an estimated cost of $20 million, according to Martinez. The wetlands improvements are just one part of the overall project.

A previous Casper City Council approved the Platte River Environmental Restoration Master Plan in June 2013. Martinez explained that this plan outlined seven priority areas for restoration effort and include work such as:

  • riverbank construction
  • in-river construction
  • Russian olive removal
  • vegetative plantings

“The Platte River Revival is an infrastructure project for Casper and Wyoming that improves water quality, protects drinking water and roadway infrastructure, stablizes riverbanks, restores and protects green infrastructure and provides economic development opportunities,” Martinez added.

Further details of the portion of the project near Jonah Bank are available in this article.


If you would like to contact members of the Casper City Council regarding this or any other issue, here is their contact information:

Mayor Steve Freel (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Vice Mayor Khrystyn Lutz (Ward I, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Charlie Powell (Ward II, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Shawn Johnson (Ward II, Term expires 1/3/23):

Councilman Ken Bates (Ward II, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Steve Cathey (Ward III, Term Expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Bob Hopkins (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Mike Huber (Ward I, Term expires 1/5/21):

Councilman Ray Pacheco (Ward III, Term expires 1/3/23):

Council members can also be reached by mail at: 200 N. David Street, 82601

If you would like to contact members in your specific ward, but don’t know which ward you are in, a map is available at the City of Casper’s website.