Events in January 2018


Water Advocacy Team Meeting
Lawrence, Kansas

 Join us…to learn and to discuss.  All are welcome!

Feature No. 1: THE KANSAS RIVER: HOW BAD IS IT REALLY AND HOW MUCH BETTER CAN WE MAKE IT? Presented by Tom Stiles, Assistant Director of Bureau of Water, Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Feature No. 2:  ORGANIZING FOR PLANNING AND ADVOCACY with Focus Groups on Water Quality of the Kansas River and Clinton Lake; Depletion of Aquifers; Kansas Corporation Commission; Douglas County Horizon 20/20; 2018 Farm Bill

When: Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Time:  6:45 PM to 8:30 PM
Where: Central United Methodist Church (Fellowship Hall, Second Floor, 1501 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, Kansas
RSVP:  Thad Holcombe @ and/or 785-843-2574

January Meeting/Seminar
of the
Douglas County Democrats

When:  Saturday, January 20, 2018

Time:  9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Where:  Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire, Lawrence, KS

Kansas Environmental Issues Panel: Come hear from statewide environmental organizations about key issues and what you can do to get involved!

Invited panelists include:

Zack Pistora- Sierra Club
Kris Knight- The Nature Conservancy
Dorothy Barnett- The Climate and Energy Project
Dawn Buehler – Friends of the Kaw

Thank you to Rep. Eileen Horn for organizing and moderating this informative event!

In Honor of our Future we will be providing Free Daycare at Laugh Out Loud (ages 2 and up). Please RSVP by messaging Douglas County Democrats on Facebook or emailing

Kaw Valley Eagles Day
Saturday, January 20, 2018
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

Lawrence Free State High School
4700 Overland Drive, Lawrence, KS

The 22nd Annual Kaw Valley Eagles Day is a free event for the whole family! There will be arts and crafts, informational booths, presentations, live critters on display, owl pellet dissection, and eagle-viewing field trips. Come for an hour or the whole day: you won’t be disappointed!

Kaw Point Park Eagles Day
Friday, January 26 and Saturday, January 27, 2018
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Kaw Point Park
1403 Fairfax Trafficway, Kansas City, KS 

Kaw Point Park Eagles Day is a free event for the whole family! There will be a program on eagles from Prairie Park Nature Center featuring an eagle and other birds of prey.  Many things for the kids and located on the beautiful Kansas River!

Decrease in level of PCBs in the Kansas River leads to modification of Kansas River Fish Consumption Advisory

Decrease in level of PCBs in the Kansas River leads to modification of Kansas River Fish Consumption Advisory

Kansas has modified fish consumption advisories for portions of Cow Creek, the Kansas River, and Little Arkansas River because of decreased levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in bottomfeeding fish fillet samples collected in recent years.

Kansas recommends restricting consumption of bottom-feeding fish to one meal per week from the following location because of PCBs:  The Kansas River from Lawrence (below Bowersock Dam) downstream to Eudora at the confluence of the Wakarusa River (Douglas and Leavenworth counties.

Please Help Us Protect the Kansas River in 2018

FOK Santa

Dear Friend,

Let me start off by thanking you for being a part of Friends of the Kaw in 2017 and supporting the work we do to protect the Kansas River!  Your support is truly how our work happens and we are grateful to you for your continued partnership for the river.

2017 kicked off with some of our regular activities as we worked to promote recreation and engage people about the river and our work to protect it. This included our annual Volunteer Paddle Workshop, tabling events such as Earth Day, our Kids About Water (KAW) Classes, and many cleanups along the banks of the Kansas River.

We were successful in obtaining a grant that funded the Kansas River Inventory this summer. Our work is not yet complete but we have already inventoried a portion of the river – documenting the places that need cleaned up, erosion points, and concrete rip-rap along the banks. We will use this data to help us make decisions about future grant programs and projects along the river.

Additional success this year included the inclusion of the Kansas River into the Sustainable Rivers Program. This is a partnership between the Corps of Engineers and The Nature Conservancy Kansas to manage for more ecological flows on the river. We are happy to be a partner in this long-term project and look forward to the potential benefits that this can provide to all users of the river.

In September, the Corps of Engineers released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that will ultimately decide whether or not to renew dredging permits on the Kaw. We expect a Record of Decision to come out soon that will detail the decision by the Corps of Engineers.

The Kansas Riverkeeper is a member of the Kansas River Regional Advisory Committee. This committee was established by the Kansas Water Authority in conjunction with the Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas. The role of the committee is to advise the Kansas Water Office and the Kansas Water Authority in identification of water-related problems, issues and concerns within the Kansas River region. The Committee has been busy in 2017 finalizing action plans for the region’s water quality and water supply goals. Dawn Buehler, our Kansas Riverkeeper, has done a tremendous job representing the Kansas River on this committee.

Lastly, I would like to ask you to send your tax-deductible gift today and help us to remove dredging operations from our river, advocate for water quality, educate youth and adults, demand enforcement of the Clean Water Act, and represent the Kansas River in discussions that impact our state. Consider giving a membership as a holiday gift, or become a Sustaining Member. Over 800,000 Kansans depend on the Kaw for drinking water, and the river is home to many native plants and animals. The river has been designated a National Water Trail and is arguably the superior outdoor experience for the region.

Thank you for your continued support of Friends of the Kaw and the Kansas Riverkeeper. Together we are protecting our river for present and future generations.

Warm regards,

Mark Dugan, President

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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!


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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Tickets are only $20 and available here: 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

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

You can read it here:

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.



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:

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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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!