From the article: (Laramie Star-Tribune)
LARAMIE -- The Medicine Bow National Forest's hydrologist said Monday a Laramie man's report of a leg infection after wading in a stream near Vedauwoo east of here does not necessitate a public advisory.Got it? Everything is fine, just too many elk is all, which problem is being fixed by ranchers who are constructing water facilities away from the stream. Carry on.
Dave Gloss, based in Saratoga, said water quality data on the streams near Vedauwoo, a popular recreation area just off Interstate 80, indicate no serious public health threat from normal recreation activities. He did acknowledge that one small stream, the North Branch, has shown elevated levels of fecal coliform bacteria in recent samplings.
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"I spend a lot of time up there," Waggoner said, "and I try to keep an eye on things. We saw a creek with a lot of manure along it, so we did some water sampling and found high levels of E. coli."
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Liberty Blain, [water specialist for the conservation district], said the conservation district and the Forest Service have installed five watering facilities in Lodgepole and Crow Creek drainages, and four more are being installed this summer. These facilities help limit the impact of both livestock and wildlife on streamside habitats, she said.
"We have large herds of elk up there, in excess of 50 animals, who will go right into those same areas," Blain said.