Kansas Riverkeeper

Dedicated to Protecting the KAW

In 2001 Friends of the Kaw became a member of the Waterkeeper Alliance, an international water protection organization of over 190 members. As part Riverkeeper boat 2011of that membership we were charged with hiring a non-governmental public advocate who would serve as the eyes, ears and voice of the Kansas River – the Kansas Riverkeeper. The Riverkeeper advocates for the river by acting as leader, scientist, educator, spokesperson and investigator. Our current Kansas Riverkeeper is Laura Calwell. Laura is a former FOK president (1998-2002) and she brings strong leadership and organizational skills as well as experience as an educator to this position.

Part of the Riverkeeper’s responsibilities includes holding the community responsible for the health of its river. The dumping of any type of waste in our river or streams is illegal. Unfortunately, this activity often goes unreported. As part of the community that relies on a healthy river for recreation and drinking water, please get involved by reporting any instances of dumping or other violations. To report pollution complete our online form or contact the Riverkeeper at 866-RIV KEEP (866-758-5337) or riverkeeper@kansasriver.org.

Unfortunately federal, state or county governments cannot be counted on to fund the important activities of the Kansas Riverkeeper. Instead, we rely on contributions from caring private citizens and revenue generated by memberships. Click here to become a Friends of the Kaw member or to make a donation toward the protection of the Kansas River.