DNR investigates sewage bypass in Kansas City

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-415 For Immediate Release: Nov. 5, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating a sewage bypass discovered Wednesday evening south of 1300 E. 85th St. and east of 8537 Troost Ave. in Jackson County. This bypass was in the same vicinity as one that occurred on Tuesday afternoon. The Kansas City Public Works reported to the DNR that an unknown quantity of sewage was released from a manhole into an unnamed tributary, which the department determined is about 1.3 miles from the Blue River.

The release occurred due to a debris blockage. The sewage flowed from around a manhole and was released onto the ground, and then drained to a small unnamed tributary. The Kansas City Public Works officials were able to remove the debris blockage by 5:30 p.m. after identifying the problem and the flow in the collection system lines resumed as usual.

The department does not expect effects to the Blue River to be significant because both the volume of the sewage spill was low and the Blue River is 1.3 miles downstream from where the spill occurred. Kansas City Public Works plans to sample the tributary following the release. If the department receives additional information from the city that would indicate a concern for public access areas along the tributary or Blue River, the department will provide additional details.

The release of untreated sewage from sewer systems represents a potential threat to public health and the environment.

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows, please contact the DNR spill line at 573-634-2436. For more information contact the department at 800-361-4827 or 573-751-3443, or visit the department's Web page at dnr.mo.gov.