Gov. Sam Brownback has formed a Kansas River Development Committee to recommend ways to spur recreational use of the Kansas River and develop tourism and economic growth along the river.
The committee's work will build on the July 2012 designation of the Kansas River as a National Water Trail by U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The river is also called the Kaw.
A tremendous asset for Kansas
"The Kaw is a tremendous asset for Kansas," Brownback noted. "The designation of the river as a National Water Trail brings national attention to our state and will help steer Kansas residents and visitors to the region. We deeply appreciate our partnership with the National Park Service and their help with moving this effort forward."
According to Robin Jennison, Secretary of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, enabling people to access the river requires the partnership of cities and counties where ramps are located.
"There are 18 river ramps located in 15 communities along the river, and another ramp is nearly completed at Belvue. We would like to add at least two more ramps between Belvue and Topeka," he said. "Without the involvement of local governments, landowners and other stakeholders, these ramps would not have been possible and access to the river would be seriously hampered."