Paddle Trips Coming Up!

Paddle Trips Coming Up!

  • Saturday, July 15 – Little Apple Paddle in Manhattan, KS. Paddle from Manhattan to St. George from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Register http://mhkprd.com/239/Little-Apple-Paddle.
  • Sunday, July 16 – Douglas County Cleanup Paddle Trip from Lecompton to Lawrence. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Come join FOK and paddle the Kansas River!  We will cleanup trash along the river as we go.  FREE EVENT – First come, first serve….so RSVP today!  Email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org
  • Tuesday, July 18 – KU Field Class Paddle Trip from Lecompton to Lawrence. 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Saturday, July 29 – Gallagher Paddle Trip!   8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Sunday, August 6 – Topeka Zoo Paddle Trip for Youth! Upper Wakarusa Trip.  9:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 12 – Lexington Township Paddle Trip from DeSoto to Cedar Creek. 8:00 am to 1:00 pm.  RSVP!
  • Saturday, August 19 – Douglas County Cleanup Paddle Trip from Lawrence to Eudora. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Come join FOK and paddle the Kansas River!  We will cleanup trash along the river as we go.  FREE EVENT – First come, first serve….so RSVP today!  Email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org
  • Sunday, September 10 – Douglas County Cleanup Paddle Trip from Lawrence to Eudora. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Come join FOK and paddle the Kansas River!  We will cleanup trash along the river as we go.  FREE EVENT – First come, first serve….so RSVP today!  Email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org
  • Saturday, September 16 – Homes to Watershed Paddle Trip! Lecompton to Lawrence.  9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Details to come!
  • Saturday, September 23 – Cub Scout Paddle Trip! DeSoto to Cedar Creek.  9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
  • Sunday, September 24 – KWEN Float the Talk! Lawrence to Eudora.  12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Saturday, September 30 – Great Kaw Adventure Race! Mark your calendar.
  • Sunday, October 1 – Girl Scouts from DeSoto to Cedar Creek.  1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
  • Saturday, October 14 – Douglas County Cleanup Paddle Trip from Lecompton to Lawrence. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  Come join FOK and paddle the Kansas River!  We will cleanup trash along the river as we go.  FREE EVENT – First come, first serve….so RSVP today!  Email:  riverkeeper@kansasriver.org
  • Saturday, October 21 – Sierra Club Paddle Trip from Lawrence to Eudora. 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.

FOK Members – Join us for a private showing of the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit in Eudora!

FOK Members – Join us for a private showing of the Smithsonian Water/Ways Exhibit in Eudora!

Date:  Thursday, July 27, 2017

Time:  6:30 PM

Location:  Eudora Community Museum, 720 Main St, Eudora, KS 66025

Register:  Email riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200

ADMISSION IS FREE!  Donations to the museum kindly accepted.

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Environmental Justice Grantee Showcase

Environmental Justice Grantee Showcase
Invigorating Involvement in the Environmental Movement
Thursday, July 13, 2017
2:00PM – 3:00PM Eastern

Register Here
The EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) provides annual funding to local, tribal and community-based organizations working with communities facing disproportionate environmental and public health burdens. The Environmental Justice (EJ) Grants program is designed to help communities understand and address exposure to multiple environmental harms and risks. All funded projects are associated with at least one qualified environmental statute, such as the Clean Water Act and the Solid Waste Disposal Act.

Hear directly from two EJ grantees about their success with the EJ Grants program! Learn how Groundwork New Orleans and Friends of the Kaw have utilized funding from the EPA’s Office of Environmental Justice to invigorate public involvement and strengthen local capacity to tackle environmental and public health challenges burdening the community.

Invigorating Involvement in the Environmental Movement

· Date: 07/13/2017
· Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm Eastern
· Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invigorating-involvement-in-the-environmental-movement-tickets-35783364005
Upon registration, you will be emailed with information on how to access the webinar.

Agenda

· Welcome – Simone Walter (OEJ), Communications Coordinator
· Introduction to the EPA’s Environmental Justice Grant Programs – Jacob Burney (OEJ), Program Analyst
· Friends of the Kaw – Laura, Calwell, Education Director
· Groundwork New Orleans – Alicia Neal, Executive Director
· Question and Answer Session with Speakers

Background

The EPA provides direct support through financial and technical assistance to vulnerable, low-income, minority and tribal communities seeking to understand and develop holistic solutions to their environmental and public health issues. Resources are allocated to improving the quality of the air, land and water so that communities may live, work, play, pray and go to school in healthier, more sustainable environments.

The Office of Environmental Justice works directly with communities to implement solutions that address local environmental and health concerns. The Office provides financial assistance through two opportunities: the Environmental Justice Small Grants Program and the Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreement Program.

To learn more about either financial assistance program and the impact made by the funded projects, please visit: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-grants-funding-and-technical-assistance

If you have any questions, please contact Simone Walter for additional information.

THE SMITHSONIAN WATER/WAYS EXHIBIT at EUDORA!

THE SMITHSONIAN WATER/WAYS EXHIBIT
at EUDORA!

COME JOIN US AT THE OPENING of the SMITHSONIAN WATER/WAYS EXHIBIT at EUDORA!

Join us for the dedication and Grand-Opening Ceremonies celebrating the arrival of the traveling Smithsonian Museum’s “Water/Ways” exhibit at the Eudora Community.

Saturday June 24th at 11:00am

Eudora Community Museum at 720 Main St., Eudora, KS.

From the Eudora Area Historical Society:

Please join us for the ribbon-cutting ceremony, short speeches, the first tours of the “Water/Ways” exhibit on our newly rehabilitated 2nd story, and free refreshments. This will be the first time our new addition and second story are open to the public. Eudora has never had an opportunity like this before, you don’t want to miss seeing the Smithsonian in Eudora! If you can’t make the grand opening event, the exhibit will be at the museum until August 6th. The museum will be open Tues.-Sun. from 10am to 5pm.

“Water/Ways” focuses on the numerous relationships between people and water. How has water shaped our history and traditions? How does it impact our daily life? What does the future hold for water? We have also develop a companion exhibit to “Water/Ways” that relates to the history of water and Eudora. The companion exhibit will have a focus on the Kansas River in Eudora and the devastating 1951 Flood.

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The Merc Co+op’s Change for our Community Program

FOK is the Change Recipient of

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

Thank you to all that have visited The MERC and rounded up to FOK and the Kansas River!  

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:  http://www.themerc.coop/donations

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FOK and LL Bean Partnership Events

FOK AND LL BEAN PARTNERSHIP EVENTS

 

TURNER BOAT RAMP CLEANUP IN
PARTNERSHIP WITH LL BEAN

Come and visit with YOUR Kansas Riverkeeper on Thursday, June 22nd at 6:00 PM at the LL Bean Store located at 4401 W 119th St, Leawood, Kansas and learn about the Kansas River!  Then…..

JOIN US…..LL Bean and FOK to do a river cleanup project at the Turner Boat Ramp! Wear sturdy shoes and weather appropriate gear. Bring a water bottle. We will provide gloves, trash bags and recycle bags!

LL BEAN

TURNER

De Soto Boat Ramp – 4th of July Holiday

DE SOTO BOAT RAMP
4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY

The City has begun preparations for the annual 4th of July at Riverfest fireworks event on Tuesday, July 4th! Please note the Kansas River boat ramp access at Riverfest will be CLOSED from 6:00 pm on Monday, July 3rd, until 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 5th, for the fireworks staging area. Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you at Riverfest for a fun night of food and craft vendors, the Good Sam Club Band, and another terrific night of the City’s fireworks display.

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!

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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:  http://www.themerc.coop/donations

Winesong at Riverfest 2017!

Winesong at Riverfest 2017!

Come and join FOK to support the DeSoto Rotary’s Event
WINESONG AT RIVERFEST 2017

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

Buy tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2881586
*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:  http://www.winesongatriverfest.com

winesong 2017