For Immediate Release
April 21, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Stream Advisory Issued for Hog Creek in Leavenworth County

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) are jointly issuing a stream advisory for Hog Creek in Leavenworth County. This stream advisory applies to Hog Creek north of 163 rd and Parallel Road to the confluence of Hog Creek with Stranger Creek northwest of the intersection of 182 nd and Parallel Road in Leavenworth County.

At about 7 a.m. on April 21, KDHE was notified that the force main that carries sewage from the 163 rd St. lift station to the city of Basehor’s wastewater treatment plant on the west side of town had broken, resulting in the bypass of sewage from the force main to Hog Creek. It is not currently known when the break occurred, although it is expected to have occurred sometime after 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18. The 163 rd St. lift station receives all flow from Basehor.

The KDHE and KDWP anticipate elevated levels of pathogens and ammonia in Hog Creek as a result of this sewage bypass. Landowners along Hog Creek are advised to avoid contact and to restrict pets and livestock from contact with Hog Creek until the extent of the impact from the sewage bypass can be determined.

State agency personnel are on-site to evaluate the extent of the bypass and collect samples from Hog Creek. Samples will be submitted to the KDHE laboratory for analysis. City of Basehor personnel are on site to repair the force main break. As soon as the laboratory results are available, updated information regarding this stream advisory will be provided to the media and local agency personnel.