#GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday

During this season of gratitude, we’d like to thank you for all you do to support our work to protect and preserve the Kansas River.

The Kansas River gives us so much beauty, is home to a record 25 nesting pair of bald eagles, generate electricity and provides drinking water for over 800,000 Kansans.  Please give back.

Our work for the Kansas River includes:

  • Monitoring, responding and mediate=ing suspected pollution incidents to the Kansas River
  • Managing advocacy efforts to protect and preserve the Kansas River
  • Schedule and facilitate educational paddle trips
  • K-12 and adult educational programming
  • Promoting recreation on the river

Mark your calendar.  Tuesday, November 28, 2017 for #GivingTuesday

Click HERE on #GivingTuesday to donate!

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Sampling on the Kaw

Beautiful day to be on the Kaw! FOK is out with Professor Burgin and Grad Student Michelle KU Environmental Studies Program and Kansas Biological Survey and KU Field Station to take nitrogen samples as part of a research program and to test for the Lawrence release of nitrogen contaminated groundwater from the old Farmland site to the Kansas River. #kansasriver

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BEERS OF THE KAW!

BEERS OF THE KAW!

Tickets are only $20 and available here: http://tinyurl.com/y84s3jpo or you can stop by Sunflower Outdoor and Bike in Lawrence and purchase with cash or check.

Date:  Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Abe & Jake’s Landing, Lawrence, KS
Time:  3PM to 6PM

Friends of the Kaw presents our second Annual Beer Tasting Event featuring Breweries along the Kansas Watershed & Kaw River to benefit Friends of the Kaw, a 501 c(3) organization.

Participating Breweries: 23rd Street Brewing Company, Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Blue Skye Brewery & Eats, Boulevard Brewing Company, Free State Brewing Company, Happy Basset Brewing Co. , Kansas Territory Brewing Co., KC Bier Co. , Lawrence Brewing Co., Lb. Brewing Co., Little Apple Brewing Company, Martin City Brewing Company, Norsemen Brewing Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, & Yankee Tank Brewing Company

Food will be available for Purchase:
Drasko’s Food Truck, Fine Thyme Food, Terrebone Po’ Boys, & Lucia Beer Garden + Grill

Beers of the Kaw

Sponsored By:
Landmark National Bank, Cromwell Environmental, DeHart Plumbing, Goodell, Stratton & Edmonds, LL Bean, Minuteman Press, Springhill Suites, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, Lucia Beer Garden & Grill, Westar Energy Green Team, WaterOne, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands andStreams, The Bowersock Mills & Power Co., Up a Creek Paddle, Dirty Girls, Sierra Club and Steve Cringan.

FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT FOR COMMERCIAL SAND DREDGING ON THE KANSAS RIVER

Final Environmental Impact Statement for
Commercial Sand Dredging on the Kansas River

The Final Environmental Impact Statement for Commercial Sand Dredging on the Kansas River was issued today.

You can read it here:  http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/Portals/29/docs/regulatory/ksdredging/2017/2017-09-26_KS_River_Dredging_FEIS.pdf

A final RECORD OF DECISION will be issued by the Corps of Engineers and that will determine whether or not they continue to allow commercial sand dredging in the Kansas River.

We will be reviewing the Final EIS document and stand ready to continue to fight dredging on the Kansas River.  Please take the time to review this document and stay engaged.  Thank you for your support of our efforts to get these sand dredges moved to appropriately sited pit mines and out of the river bed.

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TYSON FIGHT IS NOT OVER

Tyson Fight Is Not Over
As you may have heard in the news, last Monday, September 18, 2017 the Leavenworth County Commission revoked resolution 2017-52, which determined the intent to issue $500 million in industrial revenue bonds to the proposed Tyson Slaughterhouse Project.  After the meeting, Tyson issued a letter to the Tonganoxie community and said it is putting plans for a plant on hold after Leavenworth County Commissioners rescinded their support Monday amid protests and frustrations from residents.  Read the full letter here:  https://localtvwdaf.files.wordpress.com/2017/09/open-letter-leavenworth-county3.pdf

We stand ready to see where Tyson goes now.  We believe strongly that Tyson is not welcome in the state of Kansas.  Please join us to stay informed, stay alert, talk to your local council members and county commissioners about how you feel about a Tyson Slaughterhouse coming to your town, and make your voices heard.  We will stay engaged and work to keep Kansas water healthy.
#notysonintongie #notysoninkansas

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GREAT KAW ADVENTURE RACE

GREAT KAW ADVENTURE RACE
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Come and watch the Great Kaw Adventure Race – this Saturday, September 30, 2017 starting and ending in Eudora!  30 miles and 14 challenges for the participants!  They run, bike and paddle the Kansas River!  FOK will be there – we are providing the canoes along with our partners at Up A Creek Canoe & Kayak Rental to all of the participants including life jackets and paddles.  Our FOK Paddle Assistants will be on the river to help as needed, our volunteers will be at the boat ramps to help with gear and logistics, and FOK will have a booth setup in downtown Eudora, so be sure to stop by!  Looking forward to seeing/meeting you all at the Great Kaw Adventure Race!
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WHAT LARGE POULTRY PLANTS MEANS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITIES AND POULTRY GROWERS

“What Large Poultry Plants Mean for Local
Communities and Poultry Growers”
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Flory Meeting Hall, Douglas County Fairgrounds
2120 Harper Street in Lawrence, KS
If you are concerned about the recent attempt to bring an industrial chicken slaughterhouse, hatchery, and processing plant to Tonganoxie, please join Jayhawk Audubon Society, the Water Advocacy Team, LETUS (Lawrence Ecology Teams United in Sustainability), Sierra Club-Wakarusa Group, the Kansas Women Environmental Network, Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Rural Center for a presentation by Donald Stull, Professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Kansas, on “What Large Poultry Plants Mean for Local Communities and Poultry Growers”.This talk and following Q&A session will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at the Flory Meeting Hall at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper Street in Lawrence, Kansas, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Don Stull is an applied cultural anthropologist who has conducted basic and applied research throughout the United States. For the past 20 years his work has focused on the meat and poultry industry in North America, rural industrialization and rapid growth communities, and industrial agriculture’s impact on farmers and rural communities. He is the co-author of Slaughterhouse Blues: The Meat and Poultry Industry in North America, with Michael J. Broadway.

16TH ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FORUM

16th Annual Environmental Issues Forum
Thursday, October 5,2017 – 5:30 to 8:30 PM
Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park, KS

Crisis in Cowtown? Coping with Climate Change:

Event: The 16th Annual Environmental Issues Forum 5:30-8:30 PM on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at the new Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave.

Topic: Certainly, we all want to keep Kansas City among the most vibrant and livable communities in the nation. How will we adapt? What kind of planning is underway? Where are we most vulnerable? Let’s discuss solutions using our famous midwestern pragmatism, based on the latest data.

Program: Coping with Climate Change panel. Lara Isch will discuss how Kansas City, MO is upgrading infrastructure to deal with heavy rain events; Tom Jacobs of MARC will share the latest data and projections for our metro area. Lougene Marsh will talk about the human impact of a changing climate.

Details: $20 per person ($10 for students with ID) includes hearty appetizers from Shawnee Mission School District’s acclaimed Broadmoor Bistro, networking with local thought leaders and exhibits by environmental organizations, starting at 5:30 PM.
Attendance limited to 200. Reserve your place now! There will be no ticket sales at the door!

Tickets & Info: http://knrc.weebly.com/forum.html

Sponsored by Kansas Natural Resource Council, JOCO Environmental Advocates and the Kanza Group of the Sierra Club.

ANNUAL SIERRA CLUB PADDLE TRIP ON THE KANSAS RIVER

Join us for our ANNUAL SIERRA CLUB PADDLE TRIP on the KANSAS RIVER

When:  Saturday, October 21, 2017

Time:  9:00 AM

Where:  Lawrence to Eudora

RSVP:  You can rent a seat in a canoe or double kayak from Friends of the Kaw for a donation of $30.  Bring your own boat and join us!  RSVP to riverkeeper@kansasriver.org

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BEERS OF THE KAW

BEERS OF THE KAW
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BACK!

Tickets are only $20 and available here: http://tinyurl.com/y84s3jpo

Date:  Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Abe & Jake’s Landing, Lawrence, KS
Time:  3PM to 6PM

Friends of the Kaw presents our second Annual Beer Tasting Event featuring Breweries along the Kansas Watershed & Kaw River to benefit Friends of the Kaw, a 501 c(3) organization.

Participating Breweries: 23rd Street Brewing Company, Blind Tiger Brewery & Restaurant, Blue Skye Brewery & Eats, Boulevard Brewing Company, Free State Brewing Company, Happy Basset Brewing Co. , Kansas Territory Brewing Co., KC Bier Co. , Lawrence Brewing Co., Lb. Brewing Co., Little Apple Brewing Company, Martin City Brewing Company, Norsemen Brewing Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, & Yankee Tank Brewing Company

Food will be available for Purchase:
Drasko’s Food Truck, Fine Thyme Food, Terrebone Po’ Boys, & Lucia Beer Garden + Grill

Beers of the Kaw

Sponsored By:
Landmark National Bank, Cromwell Environmental, DeHart Plumbing, Goodell, Stratton & Edmonds, LL Bean, Minuteman Press, Springhill Suites, Sunflower Outdoor & Bike, Lucia Beer Garden & Grill, Westar Energy Green Team, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands andStreams, The Bowersock Mills & Power Co., Up a Creek Paddle, Dirty Girls, Sierra Club and Steve Cringan.