River Meander Series / by Karen Matheis

River Meander Series

The Kansas River, known as “The Kaw” by locals, is the world’s longest prairie river. River Meander Series is inspired by a recent comprehensive inventory of the Kansas River by several local groups. The inventory is a point by point map guide starting at Riley County and ending at Wyandotte County. One characteristic of the Kansas River seen from an aerial view is that it naturally meanders.

 

“The Kaw naturally meanders.  You can see the history of its wanderings in meander scars, oxbows, and terraces, by the deposition of sandbars on the inside of a bend, and the erosion of banks on the outside of the bends.  The Kaw snakes through side channels, forms islands, and braids its channel as it lazily flows across the sandy substrate that forms the river bottom.”

                                                                                     -- from Kansasriverkeepers.org

River Meander #1

River Meander #1

Image from the KansasRiverkeeper.org

Image from the KansasRiverkeeper.org