For Immediate Release
May 25, 2012

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

Public Health Advisory Issued for Portion of Arkansas River

TOPEKA, Kan.—The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is issuing a public health advisory for the Arkansas River due to elevated levels of bacteria. This was discovered during routine stream sampling by KDHE’s ambient water quality monitoring program. KDHE has also confirmed a report of a fishkill in the Arkansas River in areas where there is black, odiferous water.   

This health advisory extends through the portion of the Arkansas River from the Lincoln Street Bridge in central Wichita to the Oklahoma state line.

KDHE advises individuals to have no contact with the Arkansas River between the locations identified above until further notice.  Residents are also advised to keep their pets and livestock from making contact with the water.

The cause has not been identified. KDHE is conducting an investigation and will continue to follow up with water testing to determine when this notice can be lifted.