Archive for Friday, April 15, 2011

KDHE health advisory around creek near Basehor remains in effect

April 15, 2011

The health advisory issued for residents around Hog Creek near Basehor will remain in effect until at least the early part of next week.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued the health advisory Wednesday for residents near the portion of the creek between 158th Street and Kansas Avenue, south of Basehor, and 171st Street and Parallel Road, west of Basehor.

The advisory will stay in effect until KDHE workers detect normal concentrations of E. Coli, KDHE communications director Miranda Myrick said Friday. KDHE detected high levels of E. Coli in a sample taken from the creek on Wednesday, Myrick said, and workers are set to test another sample on Tuesday, April 19.

“Until we can ensure that the water is back to normal conditions, the advisory remains in effect,” Myrick said.

Residents should avoid contact with the creek and ensure pets and livestock keep away from the water as well, Myrick said.

The KDHE Bureau of Water began investigating the creek after being informed that a group of fish had been found dead in the water, Myrick said. The problem was traced to a discharge from a “dairy waste retention structure” near 158th Street and Kansas Avenue, according to a KDHE release on Wednesday.

The discharge had been stopped as of Wednesday, the release said.

Myrick said KDHE workers were continuing to investigate the cause and extent of the waste spill, and they did not yet know how much had been spilled or how long the spill lasted.

Hog Creek was also the subject of a KDHE advisory regarding E. Coli levels in 2008, when the City of Basehor's primary sewer force main broke and spilled sewage into the creek. That advisory was lifted after a little more than a week.

For more information, contact the KDHE Bureau of Water at (785) 296-5500.

For more on the Hog Creek waste spill, check basehorinfo.com and the April 21 print edition of the Sentinel next week.

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