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Arkansas River

River Water Quality

The Arkansas River and Little Arkansas River are valuable assets providing pastoral beauty, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities to Wichita and the region. Over the years, water quality in these rivers has improved substantially with more effective treatment technologies, better land management practices, and increasingly more stringent water quality regulations. Nevertheless, there is opportunity for additional improvement.

Extensive water quality testing continues through the efforts of the City of Wichita, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, and the United States Geological Survey. This sampling provides data that further defines the sources of contamination detrimental to the river.

Wichita Clean Streams

Formerly known as River City WRAPS, Wichita Clean Streams's vision is to improve and protect the water quality of the Arkansas River and its watershed.
Wichita Clean Streams

More Information

Contact Jim Hardesty
P: (316) 268-8317
Email Jim Hardesty


Boating and Access

The Arkansas River Access Coalition, a consortium of municipalities, counties, and various user groups, has united to develop 120 miles of the Arkansas River into a recreational amenity that will draw users from all around the region.

Desired recreational uses include, but are not limited to, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, wildlife viewing, fishing, and hunting. To achieve this objective, a Master Plan has been created as a blueprint for developing access points at desired intervals in a way that is both cost-effective and protective of the Arkansas River's natural amenities and character.

Project Go​​als

  • Protect the natural amenities and character of the Arkansas River corridor.
  • Develop a Master Plan for recreational river access.
  • Develop access point types and supporting facilities.
  • Develop prioritized list of access points
  • Build public awareness and support for the project's vision

Available for download: ​​ ARCAP Master Plan​​ ARCAP Brochure


2022 Arkansas River Trash Roundup #ArkRiverCleanup

Date/Time/Location

Date: May 7, 2022

Time: 9am - NOON​

Check-In Location: 151 N Waco


More Inform​​ation

Contact Charles Anderson

P: (316) 350-3386
Email Charles Anderson







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Sponsors: Cargill, Spirit Aerosystems, City of Wichita, Kansas Alliance for Wetlands & Streams, Intrust Bank, International Facility Management Association - Wichita Chapter, WSU Shocker Rowing Team, Boats and Bikes, Cox, Terracon, Spectrum Promotional, Waste Connections, Meritrust Credit Union,  NEEF National Public Lands Day, American Rivers, KMUW 89.1, Wichita Wagonmasters, Arkansas River Coalition, Starbucks, NBC World Series, Pepsi, Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburger, Pure NRG Productions, Evergy, Drury Plaza Hotel, Dillons, Sedgwick County Zoo, WSU Environmental Finance Center, and Botanica. Transportation Provided by Party Express Bus and Meritrust Credit Union.