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.
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
Wednesday, March 14 -7:00pm - "Taming the Wild MO River" by
Jim Denny, author & historian. Hickok's Grill, 528 Walnut, KC, MOMore Information
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.,
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.
Kansas Riverkeeper Receives Award
Anti-Dredging Advocacy and River Education
Earn Stream Monitor Conservation Award from Kansas Wildlife
Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper and executive director of Friends of
the Kaw, has earned the Stream Monitor Conservation Award from the Kansas
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
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
- 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
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
Kansans on the river that provides their drinking water supply – every year
between April and October, Calwell leads fifteen educational float trips down
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!
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