Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Making a Difference Today, for Tomorrow

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Making a Difference Today, for Tomorrow

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National Society for Park Resources

NSPR members have been working diligently with the Friends of the Kaw to produce an atlas of the Kansas River. A special grant of $13,000 from the Topeka Community Foundation and an award of $7,000 from the Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation launched an ambitious geographically based public education campaign that will eventually cover the entire Kansas River Basin. The project will allow Friends of the Kaw (a nonprofit volunteer group) to compile information to produce an interactive Web site organized by watershed units or hydrologic unit codes, and a classification system developed by the U.S. Geological Survey to map water resources nationally. The initial phase of the project will focus on the watersheds in Shawnee and surrounding Kansas counties. The project will also produce and install a billboard to direct viewers to the Web site. The Rice Foundation funds are specifically dedicated to the atlas and Web site.

"Our contribution to the Friends of the Kaw is the first environmental grant awarded by the Topeka Community Foundation through our coinpetitive grants program," observes Kristine Meyer, director of community investment. …

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