Brush Creek (Blue River)
Brush Creek flowing through Kansas City, Missouri
|Part of||Blue River|
|- location||East Johnson County, Kansas, United States|
|- elevation||741 ft (226 m)|
|- location||Kansas City, Missouri, United States|
|- elevation||222 ft (68 m) |
|Length||10.5 mi (17 km), East |
Brush Creek is a 10.5-mile-long (16.9 km) stream that runs from Johnson County, Kansas through Jackson County, Missouri. It is a tributary of the Blue River, and by the Blue and the Missouri rivers it is part of the Mississippi River watershed.
Brush Creek begins near West 80th Street and Lamar Avenue in Overland Park, Kansas and drains to the Blue River at Blue Banks Avenue and Hardesty Avenue in Kansas City. It drains 27 square miles.
Heavy rainfall in September 1977 resulted in Brush Creek flooding the Plaza with 5 to 6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 m) of water. The next stream westward, Turkey Creek on the Kansas side, also flooded at the same time. Twenty-five people died in the flood, and damage exceed $66 million.
Kansas City, Missouri has a combined storm water and sanitary sewer system. During heavy rains, sewage from the sanitary sewer can overflow into the storm sewer and appear in local waterways. Several waterways, including Brush Creek, are posted with signs discouraging contact with the water after rain. Because of this, one local nickname for this stream is "Flush Creek".  As part of a settlement with the EPA, Kansas City has started a 25-year, $2.5 billion project to improve the city's sanitary and storm sewers, which should eliminate this problem.
- "Brush Creek". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1978-10-13. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
- U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed May 31, 2011
- Cole, Suzanne P.; Engle, Tim; Winkler, Eric (April 23, 2012). "50 things every Kansas Citian should know". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved April 23, 2012.
- Rex C. Buchanan & James R. McCauley, Roadside Kansas: A Traveler's Guide to Its Geology and Landmarks, 1987, University Press of Kansas.
- The Brush Creek Flood Protection Project
- Riverwalk to provide help with flood control
- Kansas City Public Library Flood Resources
- Kansas City Public Library Brush Creek Resources