Our Advocacy for the Kansas River

Photo by Lisa Grossman

At the heart of what we do, is our advocacy on behalf of the Kansas River. When we joined Waterkeeper Alliance in 2002, we hired a full time Kansas Riverkeeper, charged with advocating on behalf of the Kansas River. The Riverkeeper is a non-governmental public advocate that acts as the ears, eyes and voice of the Kansas River.

For decades, Friends of the Kaw has advocated against dredging in the channel of the Kansas River, protecting the water quality of the river, as well as working with communities on guaranteeing access to the river for the all Kansans. In 2021, the Board of Director’s of Friends of the Kaw, along with our Kansas Riverkeeper, Dawn Buehler, drafted and approved official policy positions for our advocacy for the river. Read on to learn about the Policy Statements from Friends of the Kaw:

Pre-Amble to all Policy Statements by Friends of the Kaw

Commercial Sand Dredging Policy Statement by Friends of the Kaw

Riverfront Design Policy Statement by Friends of the Kaw