Chasing the Channel – Blog No. 10

Chasing the Channel – Blog No. 10

It’s been a whirlwind spring already along the Kansas River and our events are in full swing.  Before I get too much further, you can see all of our events on our calendar on our website:  https://kansasriver.org/eventcalendar/

Nick donating his time and boat to the effort! Nick is a member of FOK and also the Kansas Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.

There have been a few exciting things that we have been working on, but if you don’t follow us on social media then you may not know about it.  On Saturday, April 10th we cleaned up Battery Cases in the Kansas River at Manhattan for the 4th year.  We are slowly getting rid of all of the black dots all over the sandbars from Manhattan to St. George.  We had a great group of volunteers and partners that made it happen.  We also removed an old deep freeze and a refrigerator, both items we found over the winter. 

Refrigerator taken off a sandbar with the help of Kaw River Guides and Kansas Dept. of Wildlife & Parks Game Wardens.

We also recently took a trip down the Kansas River through Topeka for a river check and were able to go through the new Topeka Weir chute!  We put up a video on our Facebook page if you’d like to see the view from my kayak.  We are so grateful for this safe passage for boats and for the ability of aquatic life to move up and down the river through this section.  There is a grand opening scheduled for Friday, May 7 in Topeka, sponsored by the City of Topeka and the Topeka Riverfront Advisory Committee.  If you have the chance, go and take a look at the new design.  We think you will love it too!  By the way, the second phase of the project will fix the south side of the river later this year, so the safe passage is only complete on the north side at this time.

The new Topeka Weir is beautiful, go check it out. The first phase is complete!

As we start to celebration our 30th Year of Friends of the Kaw this year, we welcomed home some of our founders and early board members to participate in a documentary, to be published later this year. We are working with MattyDMedia out of Lawrence and are so excited to share this documentary with you later this fall!

Former FOK Board Member Stephen Garlow and former Kansas Riverkeeper and founding Board Member, Laura Calwell.
From L-R:
Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper
Joanne Berman, early long time Board Member
Laura Calwell, former Kansas Riverkeeper and founding Board Member
Patty Boyer, Founder, along with the late Lance Burr
Kim Bellemere, FOK Program Manager
Big shout of THANKS to Lisa Grossman, FOK Board Secretary (in the center) for her vision and hard work for the documentary! (L-Dawn Buehler; R-Kim Bellemere)

We continued to monitor pollution and dump sites along the entire 173-mile-long river and turn those in to the agencies responsible for enforcement.  If you find any new dump sites or pollution, feel free to contact us at riverkeeper@kansasriver.org and let’s work together to keep our river clean!  The month of April is EARTH month, and to celebrate we have many cleanup events scheduled.  We hope to see you at one of those events, or out on the Kaw for one of our paddle trips.  Let us know how we can help you connect to the Kansas River.

Until next time….

For the river,
Dawn Buehler

Kansas Riverkeeper

Manhattan Battery Case Cleanup

Manhattan Battery Case Cleanup on the Kansas River

Saturday, April 10, 2021
Launch 9:00 AM
Manhattan Linear Park Boat Ramp (Big Blue River)
Manhattan, KS

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