Archives for May 2017

Sustainable Rivers Program!

The Kansas River has been accepted into
The Sustainable Rivers Program!

FOK friends…..we have a really wonderful thing to tell you…..

Friends of the Kaw has signed on as a partner and is pleased to announce that the Kansas River has officially been accepted into the Sustainable Rivers Program!

The Sustainable Rivers Program is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy partnership. It represents an ongoing effort to reoperate Corps dams to achieve more ecologically sustainable flows, while maintaining or enhancing project benefits. The project is being carried out under a Memorandum of Understanding between the Corps and the Conservancy.

Work will begin this summer to start the literature review and to start to understand historical flows on the Kansas River. Together, with partners all along the river, we will all work to bring the river to a healthier place that meets the needs of the communities. Won’t you please join us in congratulating the Kansas River on acceptance in this very important program? We held a kick off meeting recently and this group came together – representing agencies, non-profits, industry, etc. to discuss the program. This is a long term project that could take years to accomplish….but we hope to see some benefits to the river system within the next decade!

We are thrilled to be a part of this great project for our river – thank you to The Nature Conservancy in Kansas and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Headquarters! Stay tuned as we move ahead….we will keep you posted!


The Merc Co+Op’s Change for our Community Program in June!

The Merc Co+Op’s Change for our Community Program in June!

FOK is the Change Recipient of
The Merc Co+op’s Change for our Community Program in June!

Guess what’s coming in June? Friends of the Kaw is honored to be the Change Recipient of the The Merc Co+op‘s Change for our Community Program that gives shoppers the opportunity to donate their pocket change to local community organizations each time they shop. Each month, The Merc Co+op chooses a different Change recipient and all donations collected that month go to that specific organization.

Friends of the Kaw is the month of JUNE! Please support The Merc, Lawrence’s cooperative, community-owned grocery store and round up for FOK!  Learn more here:

Winesong at Riverfest 2017!

Winesong at Riverfest 2017!

Come and join FOK to support the DeSoto Rotary’s Event

This event has sold out in the past, so get your tickets!
This SATURDAY JUNE 3RD is the event! 

Buy tickets:
*Get your tickets today….this event has sold out before!

Friends of the Kaw has been a past recipient of this fun event that benefits local organizations and programs.

Sample, buy and enjoy Kansas wines from wineries from throughout Kansas.

Enjoy music and complimentary appetizers.

View and purchase work from selected local artists.

The De Soto Rotary Club began Winesong at Riverfest in 2012 as it’s signature fund raising event. The De Soto Rotary Club supports many local, regional, and international projects.

FOK will be there – be sure to stop and see us!

Check out the website:

winesong 2017

Kansas River Inventory

Kansas River Inventory


We are excited to announce that we received a grant from REI to work on the River Inventory this summer! We will be paddling the entire 173 mile long river to record data about the river to use in our work. Our summer intern, Tracey, and I will be doing the entire thing! What a great summer this will be!