For Immediate Release
June 12, 2008

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Stream Advisory Issued for the Smoky Hill River below Chapman

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a stream advisory for the Smoky Hill River in Dickinson and Geary Counties. This stream advisory applies the Smoky Hill River from Chapman and continues downstream to the confluence of the Smoky Hill River with the Republican River at Junction City.

The public and landowners along the Smoky Hill River are advised to avoid contact and to restrict pets and livestock from contact with the river until the extent of the impact from the release can be determined.

The wastewater treatment plant is not functioning as a result of tornado damage to the electrical system. Raw sewage will continue to flow into the Smoky Hill River until power is restored to the wastewater plant.

KDHE anticipates elevated levels of pathogens in this area of the Smoky Hill River as a result of the release. The stream advisory is in effect until Tuesday, June 17. KDHE will evaluate the need to further extend the advisory at that point in time.