Public Meeting on Dredging the Kansas River



Lawrence Public Library, Lawrence, KS


Friends of the Kaw Members and Kansas River Supporters:

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Dredging on the Kansas River has been released. We are asking that you review the EIS and be prepared to submit public comment.  If you are on our mailing list, you will receive a postcard that you can sign and send.  Watch for that in the coming weeks and  please respond!   In the meantime, please come to the PUBLIC MEETING and ask questions about the Draft EIS, gather your comments that you want to make, talk to FOK Staff and Board Members to gain as much as information as possible and then submit your written comments by December 12.  It is very important that we have a good showing from our community at the PUBLIC MEETING!  Please join us!

The Public Meeting will be:

Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7PM at the Lawrence Public Library in Lawrence, Kansas

We need your support! The Public Notice Posting from the US Army Corps of Engineers:

Public Notice and Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Kansas River Commercial Dredging

Renewal of Department of the Army authorizations to dredge sand and gravel for commercial purposes from the Kansas River in the State of Kansas. Master’s Dredging Company, Inc. and LBB, LLC Company have proposed new operations/sites and will require a new Department of the Army permit. If issued, the permits would authorize dredging of aggregate materials for a period of 5 years from the date of permit execution before a new analysis and environmental review of the work is performed. This notice is being provided to identify the proposed work and environmental consequences so that the Corps may consider all pertinent comments prior to determining if issuance of these permits would be in the public interest.

Public Notice Comment Period Expires – December 12, 2016

Kansas River Commercial Dredging Public Notice

KS River Dredging Draft Environmental Impact Statement


Successful Cleanup Project

Thank you to VOLUNTEERS from FOK and Westar Energy’s Green Team for a successful CLEANUP of the KANSAS RIVER below BOWERSOCK on Saturday, November 5, 2016!

Thank you to Douglas County Natural and Cultural Heritage Grant for funding this great project!  

This project involved the removal of old metal from a bridge that was cased in the sandbar below Bowersock.  In partnership with Westar Energy’s Green Team, we removed the metal and have recycled it for use in a art sculpture piece with KU Professor Matt Burke!

Special thank you to The Bowersock Mills & Power Company for loaning their jon boat and also for working with us on the water flow while we completed this cleanup!

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Beers of the Kaw

Sunday, November 3, 2019

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Abe & Jake’s Landing

Lawrence, KS

Supporting FrienBeers of the Kaw - BEERds of the Kaw, our Riverkeeper Program and our work for the Kansas River!  Online Tickets

 Join us for our 4th Annual BEERS OF THE KAW! 

Sunday, November 3, 2019 

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Abe & Jake’s Landing

Lawrence, KS

Supporting Friends of the Kaw, our Riverkeeper Program and our work for the Kansas River! 

Tickets are on sale NOW! 

You can purchase your tickets ONLINE,  or from our friends at Sunflower Outdoor & Bike in downtown Lawrence or at Compass Point, home of the Dirty Girl Adventures in NOTO in Topeka

Tickets have sold out the last 3 years, thanks to our supportive friends!  Get your tickets today….and join us to toast the Kansas River!   


Guess who’s coming to BEERS OF THE KAW?
19 Brewers….come taste some great brews!


Our FOOD Vendors include:

Terrebonne Po’ Boys!

Ta Co Food Truck

Mister Bacon

and The Bap Stop!  


Legacy Sponsors

Bowersock Power & Mill Co.

Cromwell Environmental

Landmark National Bank

Sunflower Outdoor & Bike

Evergy Green Team

Watershed Sponsors

Blue Collar Press

Lucia Beer Garden + Grill

River Sponsors

DM Bruce

Tributary Sponsors

Alpha Roofing

Springhill Suites Marriott

The Nature Conservancy of Kansas

Stream Sponsors

Back in Balance Family Chiropractic

Big O Tires

Steve Cringan & Kate Nadeau

Dirty Girls Adventures

Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka

Grandstand Glassware & Apparel

Johnny’s Tavern – North Lawrence

Kansas Alliance for Wetlands and Streams

Kansas Land Trust

Law Office of Brent Hankins

Up A Creek Paddle

Donation from Sumitt’s Steps!


Amazon Smile for FOK

Use AMAZON “SMILE” to donate to Friends of the Kaw!


Use your Amazon account to support Friends of the Kaw!  Do you buy books, music, or other items you can’t find locally on  If so, please consider using Amazon Smile, and select “Friends of the Kaw” as your charity.

You can follow this link to sign up today!

When you use your Amazon Smile account, you shop as you normally do and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to a charitable organization of your choice at no added cost to you….so please select Friends of the Kaw today and have those dollars directed towards our work to protect and preserve the Kansas River!