Tickets are only $20 and available here:

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.


KLWN 1320 AM

Tune in to KLWN 1320 AM on Friday, September15, 2017 in the 8 to 9:00 AM hour. Kansas Riverkeeper, Dawn Buehler, and FOK Board Member, Sarah Hill-Nelson, will be on the show to talk about how the proposed Tyson Slaughterhouse will impact the Kansas River and its watershed.


Today – Thursday, September 14, 2017

We are at it again!

Come join Friends of the Kaw to do a litter pickup as part of our Douglas County Cultural and Natural Heritage Grant! Wear sturdy shoes and bring your water bottle….we will have water, gloves, recycle bags and trash bags! Help us clean up the river trails and the area below Bowersock! Meet at the parking lot at 2nd and Locust in Lawrence at 6PM on Thursday, September 14, 2017!

litter pickup


SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

Thank you to the Great Kaw Adventure Race (GKAR) for their generous donation of $1,000 from last year’s proceeds to benefit the Kansas River!  GKAR believes that the river is as important to our community as it is our race! This year Friends of the Kaw members receive a $20 PER PERSON discount for the race!

To get the super special code
1. Become a member of Friends of the Kaw:  Join Now!
2. Contact the Riverkeeper for the code!

We are also looking for volunteers to help with the event – on the ramp, on the river – your choice!  Email the Riverkeeper at!

Are you KAWRAGEOUS ENOUGH?  Join the Race!  Sign up is open:
GKAR Poster


Saturday, September 16, 2017
10:00 AM to Noon

Come and join Friends of theKaw’s Education Director, Laura Calwell, to do a litter pickup at JC Harmon High School, 2400 Steele Road, KCK from 10:00 am to noon on Saturday, September 16, 2017!

Proposed Tyson Plant is not welcome here.

September 13, 2017

Re:  Proposed Tyson Slaughterhouse

FOK Members,

As you know, FOK is committed to advocating for the Kansas River and educating our watershed citizens about the negative impacts of pollution to the water quality of the Kansas River. Because of our mission, we are unequivocally opposed to the recently proposed Tyson slaughterhouse in Tonganoxie.  While we appreciate the need for quality jobs for Kansans, this project is not the answer.

Tyson has a well-documented history of bringing environmental devastation to the communities in which it establishes plants. For example, Tyson Foods pleaded guilty to 20 felonies for violations of the Clean Water Act at its Sedalia, Missouri, poultry plant in 2003. In another case, Tyson paid the federal government $3.95 million in 2013 for violations of the Clean Air Act.  Beyond concerns about the actual plant, the multiple chicken factory farms that will spring up in a 50-mile radius will result in large amounts of pollution that run across the landscape that will pollute the Kansas River, which provides drinking water for over 800,000 Kansans. . We refuse to let this happen or let Tyson repeat its past violations in Northeast Kansas.

The proposed Tyson slaughterhouse is not our only concern.  Tyson plans to contract with chicken growers in a 50-mile radius of the slaughterhouse – this will extend from Topeka to Kansas City, Missouri and from north to almost the Nebraska state line and south past Ottawa.  They plan to grow and slaughter 1.25 million chickens per week, which is 65 million chickens per year.  The large amounts of waste produced from this many birds will be difficult to spread as fertilizer without producing nitrogen runoff into our streams, rivers, and drinking sources. High levels of nitrates in drinking water lead to methemoglobinemia, or “blue-baby syndrome.” Removing additional nitrates will increase water utility costs for all downstream communities. Waste from poultry operations in Oklahoma, including those contracted with Tyson, resulted in a lawsuit brought by the state of Oklahoma in 2005 to compel poultry companies to store and dispose of their waste in a more responsible manner, and pay remediation for the damages and lost value of the state’s natural resources. We don’t want to see our streams, the Kansas River, and the private wells that many in Leavenworth County rely on for drinking water similarly harmed by irresponsible handling of waste.

We are encouraged to see the citizens of Tonganoxie and Leavenworth County taking the lead in pushing their elected representatives for more information about this project. We are working with Tonganoxie’s Citizen’s Against Project Sunset (CAPS), Kansas Sierra Club, and the Socially Responsible Agriculture Project to stand with the citizens against the plant by advocating for protection of the watershed and the Kansas River, educating local citizens on the impact to their drinking water, streams and rivers, holding the government accountable for the health of the Kansas River, and advocating as the watchdog on the permitting process.

If you want to learn more about the citizen’s group working to fight Tyson, you can go their website at:  You can also follow them on their very active Facebook page at:

Please join us this Friday, September 15, 2017 at 6:30 PM at Chieftain Park in Tonganoxie, Kansas as the state Representatives and Senators share information and answer questions about the Tyson plant in Tonganoxie. Everyone is welcome from any city, county, or state.  State Representatives Willie Dove and Jim Karleskint, as well as Senators Tom Holland and Steve Fitzgerald, will all be speaking.
In the coming days, we will produce informative documents that you can share with your neighbors and on social media.  We support Kansas Farmers, as they are the economic driver of our state and the heritage of Kansas, but please help us spread the word that Tyson is not welcome here.



Dawn Buehler,

Kansas Riverkeeper

Fishing the Kaw!

Join us for

Burcham Park Shelter, Lawrence, KS
On the Banks of the KAW
Thursday, August 10, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

  • Learn about the history of fishing on the Kansas River from Riverkings Museum!
  • Find out what types of fish you will catch and the best places to find them from Tim Berger with All American Catfish Tournaments!
  • Get up to date on the latest fishing rules and consumption advisories!

RSVP to: or call 785.312.7200!

This workshop is funded by the Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant.

Fishing Workshop

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
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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:
  • 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 or call 785.312.7200

ADMISSION IS FREE!  Donations to the museum kindly accepted.


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:
Upon registration, you will be emailed with information on how to access the webinar.


· 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


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:

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