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Who is David Murphy, what is Friends of the Kaw, what is Murphy's authority and who pays his wages?

Dave Murphy is an employee of Friends of the Kaw Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Kansas River. He was hired Aug. 1, 2001.

As riverkeeper, Murphy is an ombudsman for the river. He is a full-time investigator, spokesman, naturalist and lobbyist. The authority vested to him, and to all U.S. citizens, is granted under specific wording in the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act.

Before his position with Friends of the Kaw, Murphy owned and operated a lawn care and fertilizer business in Johnson County.

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