Friends of the Kaw Members and Kansas River Supporters:

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Dredging on the Kansas River has been released. We are asking that you review the EIS and be prepared to submit public comment.

The Public Meeting will be:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7PM at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas

We need your support! The Public Notice Posting from the US Army Corps of Engineers:

Public Notice and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Kansas River Commercial Dredging

Renewal of Department of the Army authorizations to dredge sand and gravel for commercial purposes from the Kansas River in the State of Kansas. Master’s Dredging Company, Inc. and LBB, LLC Company have proposed new operations/sites and will require a new Department of the Army permit. If issued, the permits would authorize dredging of aggregate materials for a period of 5 years from the date of permit execution before a new analysis and environmental review of the work is performed. This notice is being provided to identify the proposed work and environmental consequences so that the Corps may consider all pertinent comments prior to determining if issuance of these permits would be in the public interest.

Public Notice Comment Period Expires – December 12, 2016

Kansas River Commercial Dredging Public Notice –http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/…/regul…/ksdredging/2016-10-21

KS River Dredging PN.pdfDraft Environmental Impact Statement: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/…/Oct%202016%20DEIS%20KS%20Ri…





Funding Provided by the

Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant

In partnership with Westar Energy’s Green Team, volunteers and staff from Friends of the Kaw invite the public to join us in a river cleanup in Lawrence below Bowersock Dam. This project will involve the removal of old metal from a sandbar as well as a Litter Pickup along the north bank below Bowersock Dam. Please join us if you can to clean up OUR RIVER! RSVP to riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or 785.312.7200 or just show up! Wear sturdy shoes…we will provide gloves, trash bags, recycles bags and snacks! Bring your water bottle!



A fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw and our work for the Kansas River

Beers of the Kaw FINAL


Sunday, November 6, 2016

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Abe & Jake’s Landing

Lawrence, Kansas

Tickets are just $20 for the Beer Tasting!

TICKETS ON SALE NOW ONLINE:  http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?eventId=6928185&pl=abeandjake&dispatch=loadSelectionData

You can also buy tickets at Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, Abe & Jake’s Landing, or from Friends of the Kaw!  Send ticket payment to PO Box 1612, Lawrence, KS 66044 and include a mailing address…we will send you your tickets!  

Come join us for our first annual BEERS OF THE KAW! This fun event is a beer tasting of the breweries of the Kansas River Watershed! Save the Date…you won’t want to miss this one! Event will be at the historic Abe & Jake’s Landing in downtown Lawrence on the Kansas River on Sunday, November 6 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM….the Chiefs game will be on the big screen….and the Riverkeeper will be on hand to talk about the watershed for anyone that wants to learn! Come join the fun….taste great local beer and support the Kansas River! 

Breweries include

Free State ~ Yankee Tank ~ 23rd Street ~ Boulevard ~ Tallgrass ~ Blue Skye

LB Brewing ~ Blind Tiger ~ and…Kansas Territory Brewery!

Food Vendors:  Draskos Food Truck, Fine Thyme Food

and Terrebonne Cafe!

Thank you to our SPONSORS!!!!

Landmark National Bank ~ Croomwell Solar ~ Sunflower Outdoor & Bike ~

Lucia Beer Garden & Grill ~ Grandstand ~ Westar Energy Green Team ~

Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams ~ Up A Creek Canoe & Paddle ~

and….Dirty Girl Adventures!

Use AMAZON “SMILE” to donate to Friends of the Kaw!


Use your Amazon account to support Friends of the Kaw!  Do you buy books, music, or other items you can’t find locally on Amazon.com?  If so, please consider using Amazon Smile, and select “Friends of the Kaw” as your charity.

You can follow this link to sign up today:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2878023

When you use your Amazon Smile account, you shop as you normally do and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to a charitable organization of your choice at no added cost to you….so please select Friends of the Kaw today and have those dollars directed towards our work to protect and preserve the Kansas River!

Sending some river appreciation to this crew of FOK volunteers for their dedication to helping the Kansas River and the Great Kaw Adventure Race! We could not do this event without these volunteers….thank you!



 Community Service Project Opportunity


Locations:  Edwardsville, Turner, Lawrence Riverfront, Lawrence 8th Street, and Eudora

Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200

Do you know a group that is interested in a community service project? We are looking for group volunteers to “Adopt-A-Boat Ramp” at 5 local Boat Ramps! We are looking for groups to adopt their local boat ramp in Edwardsville, Turner, Lawrence Riverfront, and Lawrence 8th Street.  The Eudora boat ramps has been adopted!

The Adopt-A-Boat Ramp program on the Kansas River is a voluntary program for civic-minded groups or businesses with an interest in keeping our navigable rivers litter-free. It is open to families, youth organizations, civic groups, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, social organizations, neighborhood groups, service organizations, retiree organizations, and city, county or state agencies. In exchange for your hard work, we will put up a sign that designates your group at the local adopter!

Contact the Riverkeeper, Dawn Buehler, at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200 to learn more!

Adopt-A-Boat Ramp

 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.