News Release 575

Grease blockages result in two wastewater bypasses in Kansas City
Near Blue River and Line Creek

Volume 38-575 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, OCT. 6, 2010 – Grease blockages caused two bypasses Tuesday in Kansas City and resulted in nearly 6,000 gallons of wastewater being released into area waterways, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

The first bypass occurred at a manhole near 10323 Wallace Ave. releasing approximately 1,155 gallons of wastewater.  The overflow began around 9 a.m. and ended around 10:30 a.m. The release entered a storm sewer that discharges to an unnamed tributary to the Blue River.  Blue River is approximately two miles from the location of the storm sewer discharge point. 

The second bypass occurred at a manhole near 1420 NW 80th Terrace releasing approximately 4,750 gallons of wastewater.  The overflow began around 9:20 a.m. and ended around 12:30 p.m.

The release flowed into a wooded area with limited public access and entered an unnamed tributary to Line Creek. The department dispatched a staff member from its Kansas City Regional Office today to verify appropriate corrective action was taken to assess the area.

The City of Kansas City has taken samples from the tributary and will test for biological oxygen demand, total suspended solids, E. coli, ammonia and dissolved oxygen.

In both instances, the City of Kansas City informed the Missouri Department of Natural Resources they have removed the blockage, cleaned the area, and posted signs at the unnamed tributary.

Clean water regulations require the city to notify the department within 24 hours of the knowledge of a wastewater release and to submit a report detailing the release to the department within five days. The department will base future enforcement action on the city’s report.

For more information about bypasses or other water quality issues, contact the Department of Natural Resources’ Water Protection Program at 573-751-1300 or 800-361-4827 or visit the department’s website at

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows or bypasses, please contact the department’s 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 website at