For Immediate Release
March 7, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE, KDWP Issue Stream Advisory for Spring Creek and Straight Creek
in Jackson and Atchison Counties

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) are jointly issuing a stream advisory for Spring Creek in Jackson County and Straight Creek in Jackson and Atchison counties. This stream advisory applies to Spring Creek from N Road to the confluence with Straight Creek just south of 278th Road in Jackson County, and Straight Creek in Atchison County to the confluence with the Delaware River.

At about 9 a.m. on March 7, KDHE was notified that about 6,500 pounds of dry granular fertilizer spilled from a dry float spreader truck into Spring Creek when the bridge on N Road failed. The spill occurred about three quarters of a mile south of Highway 9 on the Nemaha-Jackson County line.

The KDHE and KDWP anticipate elevated levels of ammonia in both creeks as a result of this spill, which may cause a fishkill. In addition, landowners along Spring Creek and Straight Creek in Jackson County are advised to use alternate water sources for livestock, and generally avoid contact with both creeks until the extent of the impact from the spill can be determined.

State and local agency personnel are on-site. A backhoe and grain vacuum truck are being used to recover the fertilizer from Spring Creek. Samples are being collected from Spring Creek for analysis by the KDHE laboratory for ammonia and nutrient levels. As soon as the laboratory results are available, local responders will be notified and updated information regarding this stream advisory will be provided to the media.