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#Giving Tuesday

A day when the world comes together to give!

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

Please consider GIVING on TUESDAY to FRIENDS OF THE KAW 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. 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 this generation and future generations.

 


PUBLIC COMMENT DUE DECEMBER 12

DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (EIS) FOR COMMERCIAL DREDGING ON THE KANSAS RIVER

Friends of the Kaw Members and Kansas River Supporters:

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Dredging on the Kansas River has been released. We are asking that you review the EIS and be prepared to submit public comment.  If you are on our mailing list, you will receive a postcard that you can sign and send.  Watch for that in the coming weeks and  please respond!

We need your support! The Public Notice Posting from the US Army Corps of Engineers:

Public Notice and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Kansas River Commercial Dredging

Renewal of Department of the Army authorizations to dredge sand and gravel for commercial purposes from the Kansas River in the State of Kansas. Master’s Dredging Company, Inc. and LBB, LLC Company have proposed new operations/sites and will require a new Department of the Army permit. If issued, the permits would authorize dredging of aggregate materials for a period of 5 years from the date of permit execution before a new analysis and environmental review of the work is performed. This notice is being provided to identify the proposed work and environmental consequences so that the Corps may consider all pertinent comments prior to determining if issuance of these permits would be in the public interest.

Public Notice Comment Period Expires – December 12, 2016

Kansas River Commercial Dredging Public Notice –http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/…/regul…/ksdredging/2016-10-21

KS River Dredging PN.pdfDraft Environmental Impact Statement: http://www.nwk.usace.army.mil/…/Oct%202016%20DEIS%20KS%20Ri…

 


Thank you to VOLUNTEERS from FOK and Westar Energy’s Green Team for a successful CLEANUP of the KANSAS RIVER below BOWERSOCK on Saturday, November 5, 2016!

Thank you to Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant for funding this great project!  

This project involved the removal of old metal from a bridge that was cased in the sandbar below Bowersock.  In partnership with Westar Energy’s Green Team, we removed the metal and have recycled it for use in a art sculpture piece with KU Professor Matt Burke!

Special thank you to The Bowersock Mills & Power Company for loaning their jon boat and also for working with us on the water flow while we completed this cleanup!

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Use AMAZON “SMILE” to donate to Friends of the Kaw!

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Use your Amazon account to support Friends of the Kaw!  Do you buy books, music, or other items you can’t find locally on Amazon.com?  If so, please consider using Amazon Smile, and select “Friends of the Kaw” as your charity.

You can follow this link to sign up today:  http://smile.amazon.com/ch/74-2878023

When you use your Amazon Smile account, you shop as you normally do and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to a charitable organization of your choice at no added cost to you….so please select Friends of the Kaw today and have those dollars directed towards our work to protect and preserve the Kansas River!


 Community Service Project Opportunity

ADOPT-A-BOAT RAMP

Locations:  Edwardsville, Turner, Lawrence Riverfront, Lawrence 8th Street, and Eudora

Contact the Riverkeeper at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200

Do you know a group that is interested in a community service project? We are looking for group volunteers to “Adopt-A-Boat Ramp” at 5 local Boat Ramps! We are looking for groups to adopt their local boat ramp at Lawrence Riverfront!  The Lawrence 8th Street, Eudora, Edwardsville and Turner boat ramps has been adopted!

The Adopt-A-Boat Ramp program on the Kansas River is a voluntary program for civic-minded groups or businesses with an interest in keeping our navigable rivers litter-free. It is open to families, youth organizations, civic groups, non-profit organizations, churches, schools, social organizations, neighborhood groups, service organizations, retiree organizations, and city, county or state agencies. In exchange for your hard work, we will put up a sign that designates your group at the local adopter!

Contact the Riverkeeper, Dawn Buehler, at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org or call 785.312.7200 to learn more!

Adopt-A-Boat Ramp

 The Kansas River

map-of-river The Kansas River (known locally as the Kaw) begins at the confluence of the Republican and Smoky Hill Rivers near Junction City. It flows 173 miles to Kansas City where it joins the Missouri River. The Kaw watershed drains almost the entire northern half of Kansas and part of Nebraska and Colorado (53,000 square miles). It is the world’s largest prairie based river system.