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Join us for our Catfish  Fry and  Annual Dinner!  

Proceeds to benefit Friends of the Kaw!

Thursday, September 24, 2015….doors open at 5:45 pm!  Tickets are $20

Have you stood on the edge of your Kansas River and experienced its beauty?  Do you know that the Kansas River is 173 miles long and runs from
Junction City to Kaw Point in Kansas City, Kansas and provides recreation, fishing, wildlife viewing, and campingimage002 (2) on its sandbars?  Do you also know that the Kansas River is a source of drinking water for over 800,000 Kansans?

These are just a few of the many reasons why it is important to keep our river clean and healthy.  Lucky for Kansans, there is a full time advocate for the Kansas River that is working hard to protect and preserve it for future generations.   This advocate is the Kansas Riverkeeper and Friends of the Kaw.  In order to continue this advocacy, we need your help to continue our mission.  With issues such as dredging, stormwater runoff, industrial pollution, and everything else that happens in our watershed, there is a constant threat to a healthy river system and your support is critical.

You can support Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper by attending our Catfish Fry and Annual Dinner on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at Abe & Jake’s on the river in Lawrence.  Doors open at 5:45 pm!  This year we are combining the Catfish Fry and the Annual Dinner and we will also be thanking Laura Calwell for her years of service as the Kansas Riverkeeper.

Enjoy a catfish dinner, a live band, and an auction!  Tickets may be purchased for $20 – your choice of paying online, at Terrebonne Café, mailing a check or calling the Riverkeeper!

On-line tickets sales at:  abejakes.com or kansasriver.org

Mail a check to:  PO Box 1612, Lawrence, KS 66044

Call Your Riverkeeper:  785.312.7200

Join us for a night of fun and conversation about the Kaw!  Support our work and have a great evening!  Thank you for your support!

 

Friends of the Kaw Members and Supporters ~ You can submit written comment through September 15

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.

 

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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.

 

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. This float is full!

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.

Saturday, September 19 – Float with the Kansas Master Naturalist from DeSoto to Cedar Creek, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 4 or for more information.

Sunday, September 20 – Kansas Women’s Environmental Network Float from Lecompton to Lawrence from 11:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 4 or for more information.

Saturday, September 26 – The Kaw Adventure Race from Eudora to DeSoto.  Volunteers Needed!   Stay tuned for details and contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org if you can help!  

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.  This float is full!

Tuesday, September 29 – Kansas Dept. of Wildlife Parks & Tourism Float from Manhattan to St. George from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm.   Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after September 20 or for more information.

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 – Wamego to Belvue, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  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.

Saturday, October 17 – Lawrence High and Free State High Science Class Float from DeSoto to Cedar Creek from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Contact Dawn to inquire about available boat rentals for this float after October 7 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.

Saturday, October 24 – Jersey Creek Tributary Cleanup, Kansas City, Kansas, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Stay tuned for details and contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org if you can help!  

Saturday, November 7 – Linwood Tire Cleanup – Volunteers Need including the use of jon boats and ATV’s.  Stay tuned for details and contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org if you can help!  

Kansas River Currents

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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.