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Friends of the Kaw Members and Supporters ~

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of commercial dredging of sand and gravel from the Kansas River in the State of Kansas. 

 The existing permits for dredging, last issued in 2007, allowed for a potential annual total of 3,150,000 tons of materials to be extracted from the Kansas River. The current DA permits originally scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012 were indefinitely extended until after completion of an EIS. Five applicants are currently requesting to extract 1,900,000 tons of material per year from the river at eight locations.

We are asking that you join us at the Scoping Meeting on August 4, 2015.  Public attendance at this meeting is very important and it shows that the public supports and is interested in the EIS process.  The public is invited to contribute additional information concerning the proposed project.  Statements should be supported by factual information.  Here is how you can help:

  • Attend the public meeting. It is important to show that we have public support.
  • Attend the public meeting and present oral comments to the Corps of Engineers staff.
  • Submit written comments to the Corps of Engineers

There will be another very important opportunity for public comments when the public notice comes out with the draft Environmental Impact Statement.  We expect that to happen in late 2015 or early 2016.

Date:  A scoping meeting will be held: August 4, 2015, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Lawrence, Kansas.

Address:  The scoping meeting location is: Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas.

Submit Written Comments:  Questions and comments regarding the proposed action and EIS should be addressed to Mr. Brian Donahue, Regulatory Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 601 East 12th Street, Room 402, Kansas City, MO 64106; (816) 389-3703; brian.t.donahue@usace.army.mil. For special needs (visual or hearing impaired, Spanish translation, etc.) requests during the scoping meetings, please call Brian Donahue by July 20, 2015.

The Federal Register Notice can be viewed here

https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/07/15/2015-17355/notice-of-intent-to-prepare-an-environmental-impact-statement-for-commercial-dredging-of?utm_campaign=subscription+mailing+list&utm_medium=email&utm_source=federalregister.gov

Astronomy & Wine

Fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw 

Please join us for “ASTRONOMY AND WINE” on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Middle Creek Winery! This is a fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw.Tickets on sale now for $40 and includes a night of astronomy, wine tasting and appetizers!  Come see the stars with instructor Dan Johnson and have a wine tasting at the fabulous Middle Creek Winery!Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200 to buy tickets now or purchase on our website (just note that the purchase is for winery tickets)!  There is limited seating, we have just 30 tickets so reserve your spot today.  We hope to see you there!  Thank you for your continued support!

Flyer Middlecreek Winery

 

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FOK Float Schedule:

paddlersFriends of the Kaw has lots of opportunities to get on the river this spring and summer.  Many of the floats are paid for by grants so boat rental is free on a first come, first serve basis – participants must RSVP.  For educational floats scheduled by specific groups, any boats not used are available for the public to rent. RSVPs can be made two weeks before the float date.  Folks with there own boats are welcome to join any float but should RSVP to Dawn , the Kansas Riverkeeper, in case there are last minute changes.

 

Sunday, August 2 – Cleanup Float from Lawrence to Eudora from 1:00 pm to 6:00pm.  Meet at the 8th Street Access Ramp. We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come, first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. We will provide transportation to take participants back to Lawrence after the float. This is an activity of our Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant.

Sunday, August 9 – Cleanup Float from Lecompton to Lawrence from 1:00 pm to 6:00pm.  We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come, first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. We will provide transportation to take participants back to Lawrence after the float. This is an activity of our Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant.

Saturday, August 22 – U.S. Military Group, Fort Riley, Kansas.  Float section undetermined right now, but will be in the upper end around Fort Riley from 10 am to 4 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after August 8 or for more information.

Saturday, September 5 – Nowland Family Float, Eudora to DeSoto, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after August 20 or for more information.

Sunday, September 13 – Cleanup Float – Cedar Creek to Edwardsville, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Mid American Regional Council Grant.

Sunday, September 20 – Kansas Women’s Environmental Network Float from Lecompton to Lawrence from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 4 or for more information.

Sunday, September 27 – Cleanup Float – Turner to Kaw Point, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Unified Government of Wyandotte County Grant.

Saturday, October 3 – Konza Rotary Float in Manhattan area from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.   Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 20 or for more information.

Sunday, October 4 – Cleanup Float – Edwardsville to Turner, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.  We will provide 5 canoes and 5 double kayaks at no cost on a first come first serve basis but participants MUST RSVP with Dawn or at 785 312 7200. This is an activity of our Unified Goverment Stormwater Education Grant.

Saturday, October 10 – Topeka Sierra Club Float.  Place and time not set yet.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after October 1 or for more information.

Sunday, October 11 – Shawnee Mission Unitarian Fellowship Float from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 1:oo pm to 5:00 pm.   Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after October 1 or for more information.

Sunday, October 18- Mission Community Float from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm .   Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after October 1 or for more information.

Kansas River Currents

Check out our latest newsletter for important information about dredging in the Kansas River!

The Kansas River

map-of-river The Kansas River (known locally as the Kaw) begins at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers near Junction City. It flows 173 miles to Kansas City where it joins the Missouri River. The Kaw watershed drains almost the entire northern half of Kansas and part of Nebraska and Colorado (53,000 square miles). It is the world’s largest prairie based river system.