City of Wichita officials said high flows have left the Arkansas River unsafe for public use due to concerns about debris and high currents.
During the annual Wichita River Festival, which starts today, the City of Wichita will display colored flags at the Douglas and Lewis Street bridges to inform festivalgoers about river-water quality and flow based on daily testing.
The City has established three advisory levels based on river flows and testing results.
• A blue flag signifies the river is fine for recreational activities.
• A green flag signifies the river is still suitable for use, but subject to advisory conditions.
• An orange flag signifies the river is not for public use due to an extraordinary event, like high river flows and velocities.
River flows and water quality testing are evaluated daily, which may cause flag colors to change. The City of Wichita will post the river advisory information on its website at www.wichita.gov
, click on Departments, Public Works & Utilities, and the Arkansas River under the “Environment” tab.
If people participate in events on the water when the flags are blue or green, they are urged to wear life preserves, follow safe boating practices, and avoid the use of alcohol.
For questions about festival events, please contact Wichita River Festival officials.