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Brownback launches Kansas River Development Committee

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Topeka - Not a good day weather-wise to showcase the Kansas River, but Gov. Sam Brownback and an enthusiastic group of supporters of the Kaw braved chilly winds Thursday to launch an effort to increase recreational use along the 173-mile river.

From left to right Brian Leaders of the National Park Service, Roger Wolfe of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and Gov. Sam Brownback talk Thursday after a news conference held on a boat ramp to the Kansas River.

From left to right Brian Leaders of the National Park Service, Roger Wolfe of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, and Gov. Sam Brownback talk Thursday after a news conference held on a boat ramp to the Kansas River. by Scott Rothschild

"The Kaw is a tremendous asset," Brownback said during a new conference announcing the formation of the Kansas River Development Committee.

Advocates of the Kansas River are hoping to get more people canoeing and kayaking, camping on sandbars, fishing and watching wildlife along the river.

"This is just another step in something great that is happening," said Brian Leaders, landscape architect with the National Park Service.

Last year, the National Park Service designated the river as a National Water Trail.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison said there are 18 boat ramps in 15 communities along the river. Jennison said he would like to see at least two more ramps along the 30 or so miles between Belvue and Topeka. Thursday's news conference was held at Kaw River State Park.

Here is a promo that Brownback and then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar did last year about the Kansas River.

Comments

cowboy 1 year, 8 months ago

My family homesteaded on the Kaw back in 1860. Grandma always said do not go near that river as it is seriously dangerous. I'll stand by Grandma's opinion.

boondoggle

Richard Heckler 1 year, 8 months ago

Sam Brownback is busy playing politics. His admin will do nothing. It's more smoke and screen to divert attention from the damage he is doing to the state of Kansas.

Don't get duped again by Sam Brownback. Duping is his area of expertise.

gatekeeper 1 year, 8 months ago

I advise Sam to fish in that river and eat what he catches. Seriously, go to the river on a warm day and smell that water and tell me if you want to do anything near it. It is so dirty and polluted and the foam caused by all the chemical run-off is quite appealing (it's a beautiful shade of yellowish-brown). There are signs saying to not eat anything you catch from the river, but Sam wants people to go play in it.

joev71 1 year, 8 months ago

Really? Whats wrong with wanting people on the River. More people will bring more pressure to clean it up and keep it clean. How does this cost? Why wouldn't having people recreating on the river benefit its many small towns that are along its banks from tourism $$?

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