Annual Dinner RSVP Deadline and DeSoto CleanUp Date

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Friends of the Kaw’s Annual Dinner & Silent – RSVP Deadline TODAY!

Friends of the Kaw is holding its 18th Annual Dinner and Silent Auction on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 6 to 9pm at the Bass Pro Shop in Olathe (just SW of I-35 and 119th Street.)

Our guest speaker is Tracy Streeter, Director of the Kansas Water Office.  He will speak about the 50-year vision for the future of water in Kansas.

Enjoy a buffet dinner, cash bar, informative presentation and the opportunity to do some holiday shopping. The cost is $45/person and RSVPs with a check or credit card need to be made by today.  Call 785 312 7200.

MORE INFORMATION on the event and how to make a reservation.

We also need items for the Silent Auction so if you have a donation please let us know!

De Soto Ramp Cleanup Rescheduled – New Date is November 8th

Friends of the Kaw is working with the City of De Soto, Westar Green Team, and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Bureau of Waste Management to clean up an area on the Kaw just below the De Soto access ramp and we need some volunteer assistance.  The cleanup will start at 9:00am and end once the job is done or at 4pm, so you can come for the morning, the afternoon or both.  The Green Team will be using a line truck to lift objects over to the ramp where a skid loader will transport heavy items up the ramp to a dumpster. Because we are using heavy equipment, the activity on the ramp is not appropriate for kids under 18 years old.  Younger folks are welcome to come and will be able to help do some maintenance on the demonstration rain garden near the access ramp or pick up litter in Riverfest Park.

Area below the De Soto Access

Area below the De Soto Access

Many of Friends of the Kaw’s group float trips start at the De Soto ramp so cleaning up this area will give float participants a better first impression of the river.  We are grateful for the efforts of the City of De Soto, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and Westar Green Team and also a grant from REI to accomplish this effort.

Please wear long pants, gloves and sturdy shoes that can get wet.  We will do a hot dog roast for lunch at 12:30pm for volunteers.

It would help us get a count for the hot dog roast if folks would RSVP with the Kansas Riverkeeper – also contact us for more information!

 

Kids About Water (KAW) Project at Lexington Trails Middle School

kidsaboutwaterOn October 22, 23, 24, 26 and 27 Friends of the Kaw held our first Kids About Water (KAW) classes with seventh grade students in Mr. Jim Brabac’s science class.  The KAW class is a five-lesson water quality issues and actions curriculum that targets students in grades 6-12. The class informs  students about stormwater issues and problems and actions they can take to be part of the solution.  Pictured to the right are students doing water testing at a small pond adjacent to the school in De Soto.  This activity is funded by Johnson County Stormwater Education Grant.  We want to thank all the volunteers who helped the kids test water last Thursday and Friday.  Everyone enjoyed themselves and most likely learned something!

DeSoto Cleanup Update and Urgent Message from Sierra Club

Cleanup at the De Soto Ramp – Oct. 18 – Canceled

The good news is our reservoirs are full but the bad news is after all the rain we have had in the past month the river is to high to effectively do the cleanup below the De Soto Ramp on this Saturday, October 18.Westar’s Green Team was bringing a line truck to lift heavy objects over to the ramp where a skid loader would transport heavy items up the ramp to dumpsters arranged for by the city of De Soto. We so appreciated both Westar and De Soto for helping us plan this and we will RESCHEDUAL most likely in March.

Many of Friends of the Kaw’s group float trips start at the De Soto ramp and cleaning up this area will give float participants a better first impression of the river. We are grateful for the efforts of the City of De Soto and Westar Green Team and also a grant from REI to accomplish this clean up.

Volunteer Water Monitoring Training – IS STILL ON!

Volunteer Training - Oct. 7

Volunteer Training – Oct. 7

Friends of the Kaw is hosting a second 3 hour, hands-on, super fun volunteer training session on Saturday, October 18 from 1 to 4pm at the De Soto Access Ramp. In this training, you will conduct both chemical and non-chemical water monitoring tests. You will seine for macroinvertebrates and learn to identify them. You will measure impervious surface area and determine runoff volumes. You”ll have lots of fun and you might even accidentally learn something! Most of the training will be outside at a water site so please dress appropriately and wear shoes that can get wet! Lunch will be provided at 12:30pm.

We are training volunteers to help us with our new Kids About Water (KAW) project that we will implement in middle school and high school classes this year. We had six people attend the session on Oct. 7 and all had a great time.

For more information or to RSVP contact the Kansas Riverkeeper!

Annual Dinner and Silent Auction

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 6 to 9pm at the Bass Pro Shop in Olathe. MORE INFORMATION

Urgent Message from the Sierra Club:

Take Immediate Action! Time is short!

Don’t let politics trump science.

On October 16, the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism will determine the future of nongame wildlife in Kansas.

The Commission legally responsible for conservation of wildlife in Kansas is being asked by KDWPT Secretary Jennison to remove protection for the harmless redbelly snake strictly for political and economic reasons.

For 40 years, identification and protection of threatened and endangered species in Kansas has been based on science.

If the Commission approves delisting for political reasons, the Kansas wildlife protection act will be gutted. A precedent will be established that will put some 60 currently listed species in Kansas at risk.

We simply can’t let this happen. Take action for Kansas critters.

Click here to send comments directly to KDWPT today:

sheila.kemmis@ksoutdoors.com

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
512 S.E. 25th Ave.
Pratt, Kansas 67124.

or go to send a message via MoveOn.org

Tell the KDWPT Commission to retain threatened status for the redbelly snake on October 16. Allowing politics to trump science is unacceptable.

A recent survey concluded that over 90% of Kansans support protection of nongame species and their habitat.

For news release and more facts to support your comments,
go to Kansas.SierraClub.org.

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