Stream advisory issued for Atchison Creek

Maureen BradyCity, Municipal Services and Operations

The City of Lawrence has issued a Stream Advisory for Atchison Creek, from Clinton Parkway to the confluence with Yankee Tank Creek, effective Wednesday, September 9.

This stream advisory is being issued because of a sanitary sewer overflow near Clinton Parkway and Atchison Avenue. The public is advised to avoid contact with the affected streams and to restrict pet access to those waterways until any impacts from the overflow are negligible.

Advisory signs have been posted along the affected area.

Crews are on-site and temporary repairs to stop the overflow are expected to be completed Wednesday evening. The temporary repairs include an above-ground pipe to divert the sanitary sewer until final repairs are completed. This sanitary sewer overflow has no effect on the drinking water in Lawrence.

Sanitary sewer contents are known to have pathogens, including E. coli bacteria. Water-borne pathogens can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, rashes, infections and other symptoms. They may post a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.

The stream advisory will remain in effect until monitoring indicates conditions are safe. City staff will continue monitoring and sampling the creeks and update the public when the advisory is lifted.

Contact: Josh Carson, Public Information Officer, Municipal Services & Operations – | 785-832-7822