Tell the U.S. Army Corps to deny the dredging permits!
Email your public comment by December 9, 2011.
Dredging destroys the river channel, causing erosion that threatens valuable farmland, bridges, roads, flood control measures, and wildlife habitat. It also stirs up sediments and pollutants that are expensive to remove from our drinking water.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is now accepting public comment for five sand and gravel companies requesting permit renewals to dredge the Kaw. Four companies are requesting significant expansions, including re-opening previously dredged areas the Army Corps closed due to "unacceptable degradation."
The five permits cover a total of thirteen different dredging sites (ten existing, three new). Currently, these five companies are authorized to extract 2.2 million tons from the river. The permit renewals would increase that total by almost 50%, to 3.2 million tons.
Take action - now is the time to stop dredging on the Kaw!
Here's the information you need to write a comment. Email it by December 9, 2011, to Kale Horton at email@example.com (and please also cc your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org). Remember to ask for a public hearing!
1) Sample public comment
2) Friends of the Kaw press release
3) Write a letter to the editor of your local paper - here's a sample
4) U.S. Army Corps of Engineers notice of permits
Comments may be emailed to Kale Horton at email@example.com (and please also cc your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org). Comments may also be mailed to:
Regulatory Project Manager, Kale Horton
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Kansas City Regulatory Office 635 Federal Building
601 East 12th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106-2896.
For questions, Kale Horton may also be reached at telephone 816-389-3656.
NO MORE RIVER DREDGING
The cumulative, damaging effects of river dredging are not in the public interest.
Damage to our drinking water.
- Dredging stirs up sediments and industrial pollutants that are expensive for municipal treatment plants to remove from drinking water.
- Over 600,000 Kansans get their drinking water from the Kaw – for example, one-third of Johnson County, and all of Topeka.
- Three major municipal intakes draw water directly from the river and several more municipalities draw water from wells near the river.
Erosion of private property and taxpayer infrastructure.
- Dredging causes erosion to valuable farmland and wildlife habitat.
- Erosion also threatens taxpayer-funded infrastructure like flood control measures, bridges, and roads.
- Cables for dredging rigs are hazardous to recreational boaters, and the river tourism that several communities have worked hard to promote.
Economic benefits to ending dredging.
- There is no need for the destructive practice of river dredging - other sand companies are already pursuing the practical, economic, and reasonable alternative of sand pit mining.
- Taking dredges off the Kaw will not increase the price of sand and gravel, and it will not have negative impacts on jobs or the economy.
- Ending dredging will ultimately reduce the cost of drinking water treatment and reduce the costs of erosion to private and government property.
IMPORTANT – NEW RIVER STUDY TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 2012
In January 2012, K-State researchers plan to release a major study on the Kaw River which will include extensive new information on the environmental impacts of dredging.
This new information will inherently call into question the concerns of the 1991 EIS and regulatory plan that the USACE uses to assess the Kaw – information that is more than two decades old.
We are pleased to announce that Lynate Pettengill will be
helping Friends of the Kaw with various fundraising activities on a part-time
basis. Lynate is a life-long, passionate environmentalist and has worked with
not-for-profits in development for over fifteen years. She has also been tied
to Lawrence and the Kaw River all her life as her grandparents were born and
raised here. Lynate shared, “I have fond memories of walking along the banks of
the Kaw after family dinners as a child. I am thrilled to now have the
opportunity to work with Friends of the Kaw to protect this important riverway
and all the creatures who rely upon these waters for food and shelter.”