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:


FOK and LL Bean Partnership Events




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!



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!