U.S. Interior Secretary Joining Saturday Announcement In Manhattan

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will be in Manhattan, Kansas Saturday.

Salazar will join Gov. Sam Brownback for an announcement regarding the Kansas River Water Trail. The event takes place at 9:30 am at the Flint Hills Discovery Center.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison, Manhattan Mayor Loren Pepperd and National Park Service Midwest Regional Director Michael Reynolds also will attend the event.

The City of Topeka will send a contingent as well. Interim City Manager Pam Simecka, City Councilwoman Karen Hiller and Riverfront Authority Chairwoman Beth Fager will represent the Capital City.

“This event is important to the City of Topeka because it further develops the partnerships between the Federal, State, and Local governments as well as all the various groups and authorities interested in preserving our national natural treasures – in our case, more locally, the Kaw,” Fager said. “Those partnerships, of course, lead to knowledge and funding sharing to support increased recreational opportunities and corresponding safety enhancements on the river.”

Brownback recently helped announce the new Flint Hills Nature Trail, a planned 117-mile hiking/bicycle trail that will run from Osawatomie to Herington.

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