Clean Energy Day, Water Supply Priorities and River Cleanup

Clean Energy Day at the Capitol – Wednesday, February 25!


Kansans want a responsible energy plan to transition our state to clean, renewable energy like wind and solar and improvements in energy efficiency. Investments in a clean energy economy create and keep good jobs in communities across Kansas, save money for families and businesses in the long run, and improve our health and environment.

Let’s show our state leaders we support a clean energy plan!

9:00 a.m. – Advocate Briefing and Energy Policy Update at theKansas State Capitol Visitors Center (enter on 8th Street)

Remaining activities will take place on the 1st Floor Rotunda of the Capitol

9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Clean Energy Business and Community Booths

10:30 a.m. – Press Conference

11 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Meetings with Legislators

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Free Box Lunch

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Public Input Meeting for Setting Water Supply Goals for the Kansas River Basin

Kansas Water Regional Goal Leadership Teams to hear water supply priorities

Recently the 14 Regional Goal Leadership Teams met to begin the water supply goal setting process to help develop water supply goals for each region. The role of each team is to participate in a public scoping process in their region, develop and draft water supply goals for their region based on public input and available resource condition information.

Beginning in March, the 14 teams will be holding public meetings in their region to hear input from stakeholders and citizens that will assist each team with drafting the goals for the future water supply needs in each region. Recommended water supply goals should seek to implement the following Vision statement:

Kansans act on a shared commitment to have the water resources necessary to support the state’s social, economic and natural resource needs for current and future generations.

The public will be asked to share their input on specific topics that are water supply issues for their region. Trained facilitators from Kansas State University Research and Extension as well as the Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy will be helping with the goal development and facilitate the public meetings. Region stakeholders and citizens are encouraged to attend one of the input sessions.

Monday, March 9

DeSoto, KS – 7 p.m., De Soto Senior Center, 32905 W. 84th Street

Wednesday, March 11

Manhattan, KS – 7p.m., Fire Department Headquarters, 2000 Denison Avenue

The teams will present the proposed draft regional water supply goals to the Kansas Water Authority in May 2015. The KWA will provide advice towards further development of the regional goals with final goals to be approved by the Authority in August 2015.

For more information on the upcoming public meetings in other regions to be held in March, water supply information about each region or read the final version of the Long-Term Vision for the Future of Water Supply in Kansas, visit


Kansas River Cleanup on Saturday, March 14

Westar's line truck pulling debris from down river!Resutls from De Soto CleanupFriends of the Kaw will sponsor a cleanup on the Kaw from 9am to 2pm on Saturday, March 14.  Meet at the corner of 1550 Rd. (11th Street) and 1600 Rd. just east of Lawrence.  Wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, sturdy shoes and bring work gloves and a shovel.  We will be going down the bank to dig up tires and metal debris so this is not a good activity for kids under 12 years old. Westar Green Team will bring a line truck to lift tires and debris to the top of the bank. Kansas Department of Health and Environment Bureau of Waste Management will assist in recycling as much material as possible.  This is an activity of Friends of the Kaw’s Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant. Rain date for this cleanup is Saturday, March 28. For more information call 785 312 7200 or contact the Kansas Riverkeeper.