Friends of the Kaw gamify river quality testing.
By IndieFit Staff
Photos by Craig Thompson
WITH THE HELP OF THE MIDAMERICAN REGIONAL COUNCIL, local river rats at Friends of the Kaw have developed a riparian twist on geocaching just in time for the pleasant and often-overlooked fall float season on the Kansas River. Oh, and you’ll learn something too: Water quality hydrocaching uses the geocache format to help teach practical lessons on water quality in the Kansas Ri ver.
The organization, which boasts a paid “River Keeper” position on its org chart, has stashed five caches at Kansas River boat ramps in metro Kansas City. If you’re able to find a cache you will be asked to do a simple water quality test and enter your data on their website. The first ten people to find all five caches, complete the simple water quality tests, and submit their data to the site will earn a free canoe rental for a group float trip with Friends of the Kaw (equipment included). Fear not,at low water levels the Kansas River is slow moving and totally appropriate for novice paddlers and families. They person their floats with mud-loving streamsters to keep you safe and paddling with the current once you’re on the river.
Visit http://kansasriver.org/learn/hydrocache to find out more.
These photos of the Kansas River appear in Craig Thompson’s book Along the Kaw, available at the Raven Bookstore, 6 E. 7th Street in Lawrence; Signs of Life Book Store, 722 Massachusetts Street in Lawrence, online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and at http://www.facebook.com/AlongTheKaw.