FOK 3rd Annual Paddle Assistant Workshop


FOK 3rd Annual Paddle Assistant Workshop

You are invited!

Welcome to our 3rd Annual Paddle Assistant Workshop!

Sunday, March 25, 2018
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Eudora Community Center
1630 Elm Street
Eudora, KS

Please RSVP here:

This workshop is held each year for our volunteers to learn about:

* Our educational paddle trip program
* How you can volunteer
* How to help others learn about the Kansas River
* The work we do
* How to read the river

New this year…..let’s talk water quality in the Kansas River! We will also practice rope throwing again, talk about how to help others, take your suggestions, and tell you about the changes we are making to our program.

If you paddled with us as a volunteer at least once in 2017, you will get our new volunteer t-shirt just for coming! We look forward to having you back in 2018 and hope you will come and help others learn about our program.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Come join us a volunteer with our Kids About Water (KAWS) Program!

Come join us a volunteer with our Kids About Water (KAWS) Program!

Date:  Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Time:  4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Adult Volunteer Training by Interns on water tests that we use in Kids About Water Classes from 4 to 5:30 at 21 N 12th St. Kansas City, KS at the Bethany Medical Building 2nd floor conference room.
RSVP and Questions to: Laura Calwell, Email:

Litter Pickup – Lawrence Earth Day!


Bring the family to this Lawrence Earth Day Service Project!

When:  Saturday, April 21, 2018

Time:  8:00 AM to 10:00 AM

Location:  Lower parking lot of Spring Hill Suites Marriott on New York Street across the tracks

Come join us before the Lawrence Earth Day festivities begin with a LITTER PICKUP! Join Friends of the Kaw and the East Lawrence Neighborhood Association to pick up trash along the Kansas River. Cleanup is from 8:00 am to 10:00 am – be done in time for the Lawrence Parade at 11:00 am and then come see us at South Park from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm!

Meet at the end of New York Street, across the tracks, in the lower parking lot of Springhill Suites Marriott.

We will provide bagels, coffee, water as well as gloves, trash and recycle bags.

Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Children must be accompanied by a parent. There will be “kid friendly” areas for trash pickup. Bring the family to the Earth Day Service Project!Earth Day

Legislative Updates

Come to the Capitol Tomorrow – Thursday February 1, 2018 in show of support:

Press Conference with Senator Holland and Rep. Karleskint:

Kansas State Capitol
300 SW 10th Ave Room 212 N
Topeka, KS 66612
Thursday Feburary 1, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Thursday’s press conference will be about the legislation Senator Holland and Representative Karleskint are working on. This would place chicken processing factories and chicken CAFOs under rules requiring public notification and mandating a time frame for community and neighbor input. The purpose is so that something like Tyson could not be snuck into town in the dark of night like what happened inTonganoxie.

We need a grassroots effort of support. Please come to Topeka in a show of support. As we found out this summer, there is power in numbers.

Follow this bill introduced by KDHE SB 337, nicknamed the “Tyson Bill”

Last week the Kansas Department of Health & Environment requested legislation to change animal conversion units so that clusters of chicken houses with over 100,000 birds can be sited much closer to neighboring properties (4,000 feet down to 1,360 feet).

As state law is currently written, the number of birds is restricted by set back distances from neighbors. This is a move in opening the state up to contract poultry production and processing.

Read the full bill here:

Protecting Water in Kansas – A Panel Discussion
Sponsored by the Sustainable Action Network

Date: Friday, February 2, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Locatoin: 2110 Harper St., Lawrence, KS

The panel will consist of water activists who are leaders in their own organizations, and who draw upon varying perspectives for protecting our valuable waters. Our intent is to educate, inspire, bring additional people into the movement, collaborate, and mobilize to action. The following representatives from these groups will be the panelists:

Dawn Buehler – Friends of the Kaw: Kansas Riverkeeper
Craig Volland- Kansas Sierra Club
Thad Holcombe – Water Advocacy Team
Rachel Jefferson – Historic Northeast Midtown Association
Karin Pagel-Meiners – Wakarusa Group – Kansas Sierra Club
Jessica Skyfield – Kansas Water
Eric Kirkendall, moderator – Sustainability Action Network

The evening will begin with a pot luck dinner at 6:00pm.
7:00pm we will welcome everyone and give an overview of water issues concerning our local communities.

After introductions, each of the panelists will describe the state of water as they see it, and how their organization is working to protect our waters for the common good.

In the second hour, we want to explore how all of us can best work together as a team to define and spark action that will lead to substantive change. Each of the panelists and their organizations have distinctive approaches to these issues, and any potential actions will be more effective if we combine our efforts. We hope you will join us.