Department of Natural Resources investigates sewage release from Lee's Summit Station

Raw Sewage Reaches Prairie Lee Lake

For more information: 573-751-1010
Volume 37-310 For Immediate Release: Sept. 4, 2009

Jefferson City, Mo. -- The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is investigating the release of an undetermined amount of raw sewage that made its way from a Lee's Summit pump station to a local lake.

The Department's Kansas City Regional Office, which is located in Lee's Summit, was notified this morning by a resident near Prairie Lee Lake that raw sewage was draining into the lake and that a discolored plume was visible in the lake.

An investigation by Department staff found that pumps at a nearby pump station had been turned off for maintenance on Thursday, and were inadvertently left off overnight. They were turned back on at 9 a.m. and the release has stopped. While the pumps were off, sewage flowing into the pump station backed up, eventually overflowing from the station and reaching the lake.

The Jackson County Parks and Recreation Department has notified the Department that they will be posting the lake with signs alerting the public to the problem.

The exact amount of sewage that reached the lake, or its impact on Lake Jacomo, which is connected to Prairie Lee Lake, is not known.

To report an environmental emergency, including sewage overflows, please contact the Department of Natural Resources' 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