For Immediate Release
March 12, 2007

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

KDHE, KDWP Lift Advisory on 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) have lifted a stream advisory issued on Wednesday, March 7 for portions of Spring Creek and Straight Creek in Jackson and Atchison counties. Landowners can safely use water from both creeks for livestock operations.

Water sample analysis conducted by the KDHE Division of Health and Environmental Laboratories has confirmed that concentrations of ammonia and nitrates resulting from the spill are now at safe levels in both Spring Creek and Straight Creek. The results from samples analyzed by the KDHE laboratory indicate that ammonia levels were elevated immediately downstream of the spill site, but dissipated within several miles in Spring Creek. Nitrate concentrations never reached a level that posed a threat. KDHE and KDWP field staff observed no fish kills while responding to the spill.

The advisory was issued as a precaution in response to a fertilizer spill that occurred at
N Road, about three quarters of a mile south of Highway 9 on the Nemaha-Jackson County line. The spilled material was a mixture of solid urea, monoammonium phosphate and potash. The advisory had applied 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.