Archive for Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Governor forms committee to increase recreational, tourism opportunities on Kansas River

April 10, 2013


— Gov. Sam Brownback has formed a committee to advance recreational and tourism opportunities on the Kansas River.

Brownback, Kansas Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison will hold a news conference Thursday at the Kaw River State Park access ramp in Topeka.

The committee's work will build on last year's designation of the Kansas River as a National Water Trail by the U.S. Department of Interior.

Members of the Kansas River Development Committee are Abby Amick, economic development director for Wabaunsee County; Laura Calwell, Kansas Riverkeeper with Friends of the Kaw; Robert Cole, director of the Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation; Beth Fager, campaign director, Great Overland Station Museum; Connie Hall, executive director, Geary County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Charmion Harris. owner, Lake Adventures, Milford; Karen Hibbard, vice president, Manhattan Convention and Visitors Bureau; Bridgette Jobe, executive director, Kansas City Kansas Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.; Eric Laws, president, Kansas Canoe and Kayak Association; Brian Leaders, landscape architect, National Park Service.

Corey Mohn, director of Statewide Programs, NetWork Kansas; Shalyn Murphy, communications and marketing director, Visit Topeka; Greg Panichello, Kansas Small Business Development Center, Fort Hays State University; Christina Phelps, Visit Lawrence; Sara Ritter, executive director, De Soto Chamber of Commerce; Julie Roller, development associate, Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation.

Sue Stringer, Kansas Byways and Agritourism manager, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism; and Roger Wolfe, committee chair, Northeast Kansas Wildlife Supervisor, KDWPT.


Paul R Getto 5 years, 1 month ago

Just don't touch the water, drink it or eat too many fish. The Kaw is pretty but nasty. 31% Sam wants to imitate Florida. He needs to bring us a nice beach and another Disneyland.

Tourism - with 87.3 million visitors in 2011 (a record number), Florida is the top travel destination in the world. The tourism industry has an economic impact of $67 billion on Florida’s economy.

Kansas has about 5 billion in tourist income. Need to up those numbers, Gov.

Shelley Bock 5 years, 1 month ago

White water rafting? Afraid not. Maybe eco-tours of the river.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

It will be created by narrowing the river at some point and placing huge boulders in strategic points, and that will create jobs. Win, win.

gatekeeper 5 years, 1 month ago

I have rafted on rivers in CO and CA. There's no way to create any good rapids on that nasty river. The flows in states that do have white water rafting are created by spring melting of the snow in the mountains.

I am disgusted that anyone would want to get in that river. It's nothing but farm run off and the "suds" created at the dam are caused by chemicals. There's no good way to really clean up that river unless we get rid of farms west of us that use fertilizer and have their animal waste run off into the river every time it rains. Sad to say, but it's a dead river.

Gina Becker 5 years, 1 month ago

No, the free market would take care of that. The businesses interested in providing tourism services would be highly motivated to clean it up.

chootspa 5 years, 1 month ago

All the businesses interested in providing tourism services along the river have already done as much work as the invisible hand has prompted them to do. Ain't the free market grand?

windjammer 5 years, 1 month ago

I remember Bob Lang and his love of trees. He lived in a little shack on 23rd street. What a wonderful, kind, smart man. That oldtimer could do more work than two of us youngsters. They don't make them like Bob anymore.

question4u 5 years, 1 month ago

Kansas ranks dead last among the 50 states in percentage of public lands. What choice is there but to try to develop tourism on rivers? There's not a lot to see, and you can't actually get out of your boat without trespassing except in a few designated areas, but maybe there are some out-of-state people who have been everywhere else in the world and have nothing better to do than float down a none-too-clean river.

But why is there a need for a committee to advance recreation and tourism? Didn't Sam's rousing speech a few years ago about all those horse trails that land owners could build in the Flint Hills already spark a major new industry? He told us that tourism was "about to pop." Like every other Brownback promise there's apparently no time limit before you begin to see the results of that popping.

Patricia Davis 5 years, 1 month ago

I think we should develop a Kochpark to show from border to border just how one f@#ked up family can ruin Kansas. Let's show up close and personal how personal greed can trump a state's noble history.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

Excellent remark. Are the cuzins going to get in on this? They know that river pretty well, and the boats could stop on the sandbanks for recreation. Am I the only one that misses the cuzins?

Mary Darst 5 years, 1 month ago

I sure miss the cuzins, too. Comment board pretty dull these days. Oh wait! I am one of the cuzins.

msezdsit 5 years, 1 month ago

Great, now I can't wait to take a swim in the river. It won't be good for business to make the river healthy and desirable. Who does Scammy think he is fooling with this tripe.

jayhawklawrence 5 years, 1 month ago

Regardless of what motivates this or who the key players are I think this is a good development. Most of the conservatives I know have a great appreciation for the outdoors in spite of their reputation for a limited understanding of the environment. This is an opportunity to work together in a bipartisan way.

I could see this project expanding to include improvements related to fishing, wildlife, camping, hiking, many areas.

We are having problems with our pheasant and quail populations and this also needs to be addressed across the state.

TongiJayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

"We are having problems with our pheasant and quail populations and this also needs to be addressed across the state.'

Not sure how you address a lack of rain? That is main issue with the current pheasant and quail numbers. Habitat would be second, but the lack of rain is by far the main culprit of the current low populations.

Curveball 5 years, 1 month ago

When people go on vacation they want to be around beaches, mountains and places like Disneyland. We have several interesting places to see, but they are widely separated and hard to get to. So why wast money on tourism?

chicago95 5 years, 1 month ago

More vision. Less crab bucket syndrome.

4getabouit 5 years, 1 month ago

Finally! No more trips to Colorado to fish for trout. Gonna stay here in Humidville to get me some mud fishes.

Old Brownback just keeps conjuring up dumb ideas. He's a funny guy. A real clown. What's next, snow skiing down I-70!

BringBackMark 5 years, 1 month ago

Heard that Brownnose got ticketed for shooting two Turkey's and only having one tag. Apparently he was too lazy to tell his guide to walk 50 yards to see if the first one he shot was dead! Clown doesn't come close to describing this jack$#@.

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