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.”