Wichita Ordinances Ban People And Watercrafts On Arkansas River

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email
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Sec. 9.27.200 High water level
No person shall have the authority to operate any water craft on the Little Arkansas River within the city at high water level except in emergencies or during rescue or search operations. The city shall close the boat ramp in Central Riverside park when, in its opinion, high water makes the river unsafe for water craft activities, and all water craft activities are prohibited during such times that the ramp is closed.

Sec. 9.29.260 High-water level
It is unlawful for any person to operate any water craft or personal watercraft or any other wake vehicle in or upon the Big Arkansas River and Bank Area at high-water level except in emergencies or during authorized rescue or search. The city shall close all boat ramps when, in its opinion, high water makes the river unsafe for water craft and all water craft activities are prohibited during such times the ramps are closed.

Sec. 9.29.270 Swimming, wading and bathing
No person shall place themselves, other persons, any objects or animals into or upon the waters of the Big Arkansas River and Bank Area in the area between the Lincoln Street dam and the Seneca Street bridge for the purpose of swimming, wading or bathing.

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Wichita Police are reminding people of city ordinances that currently ban people and watercrafts on the Arkansas River.

This morning, a 35-year-old man was arrested for several outstanding warrants and for violating two city ordinances on the river.

The man was floating on a small inflatable tube and refused help from emergency crews. It took about 30 minutes for the man to be pulled from the water.

"It's extremely dangerous. It puts rescue crews in a precarious position of trying to go in and try to rescue," said Lt. Doug Nolte, Wichita Police.

Police said the man was in violation city ordinance Sec. 9.29.270 which bans swimming, wading and bathing on the river.

This ordinance applies throughout the year. It prohibits swimming, wading, and bathing on the Big Arkansas River between the Seneca Street bridge and the Lincoln Street dam.

Anyone found guilty of violating this ordinance can face a misdemeanor charge and a fine of up to $500.

Another ordinance police are reminding people about is Sec. 9.27.200. The ordinance goes into effect when the city determines if the river is unsafe due to high water levels on the Little Arkansas River and the Big Arkansas River. When the city closes the boat ramps in Central Riverside park, it is illegal for watercrafts to be on the water.


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