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River Conditions:

Friends of the Kaw is scheduling group, educational float trips for 2012 - NOW!  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.

What's new at our web site:
Teens for the Kaw

Float and Events:

Tuesday, March 13
7:00pm - "The History of Water in KC" by John Dunn, EPA Engineer at the Lakeside Nature Center, 4701 E. Gregory KC, MO 64130

6:30pm - "Native Medicinal Plant Research Program" by Kelly Kindscher, KS Biological Survey. Sierra Club General Meeting at 7810 W. 79th Street, OP, KS
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Wednesday, March 14 -7:00pm - "Taming the Wild MO River" by Jim Denny, author & historian.  Hickok's Grill, 528 Walnut, KC, MO
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Saturday, March 31
12noon to 4:00pm - Community Mural Design Workshop (a project of FOK's EPA Environmental Justice Grant) at the Breaking the Silence Conference, Reardon Center, 500 Minnesota Ave.,
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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.

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Kansas Riverkeeper Receives Award 

 Anti-Dredging Advocacy and River Education

Earn Stream Monitor Conservation Award from Kansas Wildlife Federation 

Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper and executive director of Friends of the Kaw, has earned the Stream Monitor Conservation Award from the Kansas Wildlife Federation.

The Kansas Riverkeeper is a full-time advocate dedicated to protecting the river by investigating reports of pollution and other problems and working with appropriate government agencies to resolve them. Calwell’s role is a combination of scientist, educator, investigator, and media spokesperson.

Some of her recent accomplishments include

  • Raising awareness of toxic algae blooms in area reservoirs as well as the problem of nutrient run-off from the overuse and misuse of farm chemicals, especially in stormwater situations
  • Advocacy that resulted in Kaw River watershed residents making more than 400 public comments to the Army Corps of Engineers in protest of a proposal to double in-river sand and gravel dredging
  • Promoting river recreation – over the past ten years, Friends of the Kaw has helped increase the number of Kansas River access ramps from three to thirteen, with four more in the planning process
  • Educating Kansans on the river that provides their drinking water supply – every year between April and October, Calwell leads fifteen educational float trips down the Kaw

Friends of the Kaw (FOK) is a local conservation group dedicated to preserving the Kansas River for future generations.

The Kansas Wildlife Federation focuses on youth outdoor education, grassland protection, and conservation work. They have sponsored the Conservation Achievement Program for the past forty-eight years.

Friends of the Kaw Ball Caps!

DSCN0904 We just got a shipment of oue cool Friends of the Kaw ball caps. They are available for $20@ + $5 shipping and handling.  Contact to order! 

Other Friends of the Kaw products!

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 and we will help investigate!

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Friends of the Kaw, Inc.
P.O. Box 1612
Lawrence, Kansas 66044

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