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Follow us on:  http://kansasriver.org / Twitter / Facebook         February 15, 2012                                                                        
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River Conditions:

We recommend that novice boaters only float the Kaw between mid April and mid October when river is flowing at normal to low water levels - under 5,000 cfs.

The water levels on the Kaw are low but the water temperature is very cold. Only experienced paddlers with appropriate clothing and gear should paddle during colder months.  Always check water levels and weather before you float.


Float and Events:

Thursday, February 16 & Tuesday, February 21 -
Kansas Land Trust Land
Conservation Workshops.
See article below for details.

Sunday, February 26 - 9:00am - Friends of the Kaw will present a program to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka at 4775 SW 21st St.

Wednesday February 29 - 9:00am to 3:15pm, Kansas Water Issues Forum, 7001 W. 21st Street North, Wichita, KS 

Thursday, March 1 -
9:00am to 3:15pm, Kansas Water Issues Forum, 1232 140th Ave., Hays, KS


More Information


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Friends of the Kaw is a grassroots, non-profit, environmental organization whose mission is to protect and preserve the Kansas (Kaw) River for present and future generations.

http://www.kansasriver.org

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Mapping the Rivers We Love!

In the latest issue of the Waterkeeper magazine Friends of the Kaw was featured in an article, Mapping the Rivers We Love, by Bart Mihailovich, the Spokane Riverkeeper concerning our mapping initiative.  Bart and Ron Hall, also with the Spokane Riverkeeper, are assisting us in our current EPA Education Grant.


Here are some excerpts from the article but we encourage you to take a look at the full article.


"Although I’ve long been impressed with the Kansas Riverkeeper's website, I was a little slow to get the message it was sending me. No other site throughout Waterkeeper Alliance features such a thorough array of map resources. But the question I didn’t ask was, why not? In fact, why did many sites present no maps at all?


The light went on for me after Spokane Riverkeeper’s technical advisor Ron Hall and I met, over Skype, in early 2011 with Kansas Riverkeeper Laura Calwell and Dr. Cynthia Annett, the Kansas program’s science advisor."


"Kansas Riverkeeper’s existing collection of maps provides a model and an inspiration for the new program."


“Maps have always been an important advocacy tool” says Riverkeeper Calwell, who has held that position since 2003, after serving as secretary and president of its parent organization, Friends of the Kaw—an alternate name for the Kansas. “Folks are more likely to take action if they know where a specific site or stretch of the river is being polluted or endangered.” 


Kansas Land Trust Land Conservation Workshops

RIMG1866The Kansas Land Trust welcomes you to one of the following two informational workshops on conservation easements. These meetings will be tailored towards landowners and individuals interested in learning how conservation easements can protect critical natural assets in Douglas County. KLT also welcomes any outreach you can extend to interested individuals. I have inserted below a brief summary and invitation to these meetings.
 
 
The Kansas Land Trust invites you to attend one of two informational meetings about new opportunities to conserve land in Douglas County through conservation easements.
 
A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement that allows a landowner to preserve land in its existing state while still maintaining ownership of the land and the right to sell the land at the landowner’s option.  Conservation easements save important prairies and open spaces, riparian areas, woodlands, wetlands and prime farmland.  Through a voluntary partnership with the Kansas Land Trust, you can leave a conservation legacy for your children and for future generations to come.
 
Please join the Kansas Land Trust on one of the following dates to learn more about ways you can protect your land:
 
When:             Thursday February 16, 2012
Time:               7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where:            Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont, Lawrence, KS
 
or
 
When:             Tuesday February 21, 2012
Time:               7:00 – 8:30 pm
Where:            Baldwin City Public Library, 7th and High, Baldwin City, KS
 
Please contact Jerry Jost at (785) 749-3297 with any questions. We hope to see you there!

 



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Have you seen someone dumping waste into the Kansas River?
Do you think that drainage pipe looks a bit suspicious?
Call 1-866-RIV-KEEP, or email riverkeeper@kansasriver.org and we will help investigate!



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