At a recent city council work session it was noted that the North Platte River through Casper was once deemed a dead river. It's come a long way since then thanks to years of hard work and planning.

Jolene Martinez, is assistant project manager for the city and Tuesday she asked council for a $100,000 contribution toward phase two of the river restoration master plan, a plan that she says will be the road map for bringing the river back to its best natural state.

"and keeping in mind that it is an urban area and that's part of our master plan too, that we want to make them coexist happily."

The plan is expected to cost $240,000 and includes hydraulic analysis and designs for stream habitat improvements.

The cost is being covered in part by a Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resource Trust Grant and dollars raised from Platte River Revival proceeds.

Ultimately, Martinez says rehabilitation of the river should be seen as part of the city's economic development and may well bring blue ribbon trout fishing to the urban core.