Advisory lifted for Horsethief Reservoir; remains for Buckner Creek

Staff Writer
Garden City Telegram

TOPEKA - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has rescinded the public health advisory for Horsethief Reservoir in Hodgeman County. Laboratory testing samples collected from the swim beach of Horsethief Reservoir indicate safe levels of naturally occurring bacteria. Contact with the water no longer poses a health risk.

The public health advisory for Buckner Creek from Gray County to the inlet of Horsethief Reservoir in Hodgeman County remains in place due to high bacterial levels as confirmed by sampling throughout the week. The public and landowners in this area 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.

KDHE will continue monitoring and sampling the creek and update the public when the advisory is lifted.