Astronomy and Wine Fundraiser

Astronomy & Wine Fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw

Flyer Middlecreek WineryPlease join us for “ASTRONOMY AND WINE” on Saturday, August 15, 2015 at the Middle Creek Winery! This is a fundraiser for Friends of the Kaw.

Tickets are on sale now for $40 and include a night of astronomy, wine tasting and appetizers! Contact the Riverkeeper via email or call 785.312.7200 to buy tickets now! There is limited seating and just 30 tickets available, so reserve your spot today. We hope to see you there! Thank you for your continued support!

Public Meeting Regarding Dredging of the Kaw

What will the future of the Kaw look like?


Natural & Scenic

Kaw Valley Dredge

Dredged & Degraded







Friends of the Kaw Members and Supporters ~

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects of commercial dredging of sand and gravel from the Kansas River in the State of Kansas.

The existing permits for dredging, last issued in 2007, allowed for a potential annual total of 3,150,000 tons of materials to be extracted from the Kansas River. The current permits, originally scheduled to expire on December 31, 2012, were indefinitely extended until after completion of an EIS. Five applicants are currently requesting to extract 1,900,000 tons of material per year from the river at eight locations.

We are asking that you join us at the Scoping Meeting on August 4, 2015.  Public attendance at this meeting is very important and it shows that the public supports and is interested in the EIS process.  The public is invited to contribute additional information concerning the proposed project.  Statements should be supported by factual information.  Here is how you can help:

  • Attend the public meeting.  It is important to show that we have public support.
  • Attend the public meeting and present oral comments to the Corps of Engineers staff.
  • Submit written comments to the Corps of Engineers

There will be another very important opportunity for public comments when the public notice comes out with the draft Environmental Impact Statement.  We expect that to happen in late 2015 or early 2016.

Date:  A scoping meeting will be held: August 4, 2015, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Lawrence, Kansas.
Address:  The scoping meeting location is: Lawrence Public Library Auditorium, 707 Vermont Street, Lawrence, Kansas.
Submit Written Comments:  Questions and comments regarding the proposed action and EIS should be addressed to Mr. Brian Donahue, Regulatory Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at 601 East 12th Street, Room 402, Kansas City, MO 64106; (816) 389-3703; Brian Donahue. For special needs (visual or hearing impaired, Spanish translation, etc.) requests during the scoping meetings, please call Brian Donahue by July 20, 2015.
The Federal Register Notice can be viewed here.

Read about the damage dredging can cause here.

New Float Schedule

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Cleanup Float and Float Schedule

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Kayak Raffle, Film Festival, and Float Schedule

Members Only Raffle for a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 ($920 value!) Have you been wanting a kayak? You can participate in a "Members Only" Raffle for a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120  sit-on-top kayak (value of $920 donated by Sunflower … [Continue reading]

Wild & Scenic Film Festival and Volunteer Opportunties

The Kansas Riverkeeper and Friends of the Kaw for the Sixth YearProudly Hosts Patagonia’s Wild and Scenic Film Festival   Show Times and Locations: Thursday, April 30 at 7:30pm at the Glenwood Arts Theatre at Ranchmart Shopping Center … [Continue reading]

KACEE Award, Cleanup Results, and Volunteers Needed

KACEE Award for Kate Delehunt Kate Delehunt, Friends of the Kaw’s Educational Specialist, will be honored on Friday, April 11 at the 2015 Excellence in Conservation and Environmental Education Awards Celebration of Kansas Association of Conservation … [Continue reading]

New Riverkeeper, Public Meeting, and River Cleanup

Welcome OUR new Kansas Riverkeeper Dawn Buehler Dawn Buehler will begin her duties as the Kansas Riverkeeper on March 1, 2015. Growing up on a farm on the plains of Kansas, she knew at young age how much she loved the land, water and … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]