Expanding Dredging Will Threaten Economic Benefits of New Designation.
news - the Department of Interior has chosen a proposal from the state
of Kansas and Governor Sam Brownback to turn the Kansas River into a 171
mile long Water Trail as one of its Top 100 conservation projects under
the Americas's Great Outdoors Initiative.
This designation is meant to recognize the nation’s best potential
investments in conservation. The Kansas River Water Trail would create jobs in travel,
tourism and outdoor-recreation, conserve wildlife and working lands, and
support a healthy and active population. The project could also qualify for
dredging on the Kansas River threatens these benefits. The current
proposal before the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers would
increase dredging from 2.2 million tons to 3.2 million tons, an increase of
Public comments are due to the USACE by tomorrow – email yours to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of the Kaw has helped Junction City,
Ogden, St. George, Wamego, Topeka, DeSoto, Edwardsville, and Kansas City,
Kansas, add a total of eleven access ramps to the Kansas River. We are
currently working with Belvue and Shawnee on two more. We are delighted that
this Department of Interior designation could bring additional funding for
signage and improvements (like
restrooms and picnic tables) at the river access parks.
The Kansas River is the longest prairie river in
the nation, and as a sand bed river, it is a unique natural resource. If we
develop this water trail right, it has the potential to provide something new
and appealing for kayakers and canoers in the region and the nation. This
project is also a great economic development opportunity.
However, the Kansas River faces multiple
threats, ranging from pollution by agricultural chemical run-off to in-river sand
and gravel dredging. The Kansas River Water Trail is among the best potential
conservation investments in the nation. Unfortunately, dredging will only harm
this investment, not maximize it.
Email your comments on dredging by
December 9, 2011.
It’s easy - see instructions and a sample letter.
comments are always preferred but just making a comment is the most important
action – you can even add personal comments to the sample letter. Make it your
holiday gift to the Kaw!
Check out the Department of Interior press release.