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
IS
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.

HANK BOOTH SHOW

HANK BOOTH SHOW
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.

KANSAS RIVER LITTER CLEANUP

KANSAS RIVER LITTER CLEANUP
Today – Thursday, September 14, 2017
6:00PM

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!

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GREAT KAW ADVENTURE RACE

GREAT KAW ADVENTURE RACE
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 riverkeeper@kansasriver.org!

Are you KAWRAGEOUS ENOUGH?  Join the Race!  Sign up is open:  http://ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=43471
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CLEANUP AT JC HARMONHIGH SCHOOL

CLEANUP AT JC HARMONHIGH SCHOOL
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:  http://nototyson.com.  You can also follow them on their very active Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1916283118694097/?ref=br_rs

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.

 

Sincerely,

Dawn Buehler,

Kansas Riverkeeper