Advisories issued for Buckner Creek, Horsethief Reservoir
TOPEKA – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has issued a Stream Advisory for Buckner Creek upstream of Horsethief Reservoir located in Hodgeman and Gray Counties and a Lake Advisory for Horsethief Reservoir, located in Hodgeman County.
This Stream and Lake Advisories are being issued because of a suspected animal waste discharge which is currently being investigated. The public and landowners along Buckner Creek and the public who access Horsethief Reservoir are advised to avoid contact with those waters and to restrict pets and livestock access to those waterways until any impacts from the discharge are negligible.
Animal waste is known to have pathogens, including E. coli bacteria. Water-borne pathogens can cause diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, rashes, infections and other symptoms. They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, the elderly and people with severely compromised immune systems.
The stream advisory is in effect until monitoring indicates conditions are safe. KDHE will continue monitoring and sampling the creeks and update the public when the advisory is lifted.