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

RSVP:  https://forms.gle/xnHct98SkcXcBvwh7

Chasing the Channel – Blog No. 9

Chasing the Channel – Blog No. 9

Frozen Kaw by Lisa Grossman

Spring is surely coming…

My last blog post was at the end of the year, reflecting on a great year of work for the Kansas River, despite being in a pandemic.  Fast forward to now and we have been incredibly busy.  You might think that we have little to do all winter, but actually the winter is a very different kind of “swamped”.  We spend our winter writing grants to fund our important projects, holding fundraiser events, participating in community discussions around water, getting our gear ready to go for spring…and the most fun thing we do is plan our calendar for the entire year!  Yes, we plan it all over the winter, down to every event.  By the way, please consider buying a ticket to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival – showing tomorrow night, Friday February 26….and if you can’t watch it on Friday, you have an on demand feature where you can go back and watch it through March 3, 2021.  Tickets here:  https://qudio.com/event/FriendsoftheKaw/register

What kinds of grants are we applying for?  We applied for a grant to do a Restoration Project in Topeka, a Rain Garden Restoration in DeSoto, and a grant for equipment for our work for the river!  Whew…and we are not done yet.  We are also planning some grants for amenities along the Kansas River Water Trail.  

By now, most of you have probably read our news about my Appointment by Governor Laura Kelly to the Chair of the Kansas Water Authority.  What an honor to have been asked and confirmed by the Kansas Senate.

Many of you might be asking yourselves, what is the Kansas Water Authority and how did Dawn get involved?  In the big picture way of thinking, the Kansas Water Office (KWO) is the planning agency for the state.  Established in 1981, the Kansas Water Authority (KWA) is within and a part of the KWO.  The Kansas Water Authority is comprised of 24 members of which 13 are voting members that are appointed from across the state, and 11 ex-officio members that are the directors or Secretaries of the various agencies that work on water.  This 24-member board is responsible for advising the Governor, the Legislature, and the Director of the KWO on water policy issues, approving the State Water Plan, budget recommendations, federal contracts, administrative regulations and legislation proposed by the KWO. 

The Kansas Water Plan also includes the Kansas Water Vision, the mission statement of which is to “provide Kansans with the framework, policy and tools, developed in concert with stakeholders, to manage, secure and protect a reliable, long term statewide water supply while balancing conservation with economic growth”.  Within the Kansas Water Vision are 14 Regional Advisory Committees (RAC) that work on goals and action plans in their respective local areas and watersheds and make recommendations to the Kansas Water Authority.  I have spent the last 6 years on the Kansas RAC, mostly recently as the Chair, assisting our 13-member committee with writing the goals and action plans that impact the Kansas basin, which includes the Kansas River.  It is here as a member of the RAC that I learned about the long-term water issues impacting our state. 

So what can you do to get involved?  Learn more about the work being done by the Regional Advisory Committees, Kansas Water Office and Kansas Water Authority here: https://kwo.ks.gov/  The meeting are public and you can really learn more about the issues by attending.  TALK about water…with everyone!  Share the importance of water to our state, our economy, ecosystem and recreation with your family, friends and local community leadership.  Watch our Kaw Minute on the Kansas Water Authority here:  https://youtu.be/1LcI3AlnhhQ

I hope to see you all on the river soon – we have some major cleanups planned for this year including another big tire cleanup near Shawnee.  We also have our tentative calendar scheduled and you can take a look:  https://kansasriver.org/calendar/

Notice the KAW 173?  We will be offering for folks to sign up to come along on four (3) day weekend adventures to paddle the entire Kansas River!  Lots of fun coming up this year….I am so grateful you are coming along for the ride – either virtually or on the river! 

Let me know if I can help you connect to the Kansas River!

For the river,
Dawn, your Kansas Riverkeeper

2021 VIRTUAL Wild & Scenic Film Festival

12TH ANNUAL WILD & SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL

Friday, February 26, 2021

Virtual Lobby Opens at 6:30 p.m., Films begin at 7:00 p.m.

Learn more: https://kansasriver.org/wsff/

This year’s festival will be virtual, so you can watch right from your living room! This Festival benefits Friends of the Kaw!

2021 Buy Tickets NOW!

FREE Education Tickets, first come first serve.  Email request for FREE tickets to:   info@kansasriver.org.  Courtesy of EVERGY’S GREEN TEAM!

FRIENDS OF THE KAW TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS IN 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FRIENDS OF THE KAW TO CELEBRATE 30 YEARS IN 2021

LAWRENCE, KS (January 6, 2021) – Friends of the Kaw, a non-profit dedicated to protecting and preserving the Kansas River, announced today that they are celebrating their 30th year of work for the Kansas River.  As part of the celebration, Friends of the Kaw worked with local graphic designer Chris Millspaugh to create a “30 Years” celebration logo. In 2019, Millspaugh created the non-profit’s new brand/logo. Friends of the Kaw’s mission is to protect and preserve the 173-mile-long Kansas River through protection, advocacy, discovery and education.  Throughout 2021, Friends of the Kaw will celebrate with social media campaigns, a documentary, and a sandbar blast slated for late in 2021.  
 
“It is amazing to say that a small group of dedicated people started Friends of the Kaw from a basement in North Lawrence 30 years ago”, said Dawn Buehler, Kansas Riverkeeper® & Executive Director.  “We would not be where we are today without the courage and vision of a long list of dedicated volunteers who started this journey.  We hope to spend the year recognizing the work that they started, highlighting the work that we do today, and sharing our vision for the future.”
 
Friends of the Kaw will share more information about the upcoming events and plans to celebrate via social media outlets and the newsletter.  
 
About Chris Millspaugh Design:
 
Chris Millspaugh Design specializes in brand identity, logo design, print design and old fashioned letterpress printing in Lawrence, KS.

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Friends of the Kaw is the only non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Kansas River.  Our mission is to protect and advocate for the Kansas River while educating and engaging our citizens.

Protect. Advocate, Discover.  #kansasriver 
 
For Media Inquiries Please Contact:
Dawn Buehler
Kansas Riverkeeper® & Executive Director
Friends of the Kaw
785.312.7200