Kuhl receives Friend of the Missouri Award The National Park Service bestowed a Friend of the Missouri National Recreational River award on Kevin Kuhl, public works director for the city of Yankton, on Saturday, May 7. This prestigious recognition is given by the service from time to time to acknowledge individuals who have advanced the cause of protecting and enhancing the nationally renowned resource values of this Congressionally designed Wild and Scenic River.
Kuhl's award was presented at the annual Missouri River Open House sponsored by the National Park Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that showcases projects underway on the Missouri National Recreational River. This year's open house, attended by several hundred local residents, occurred Saturday in Yankton.
Kuhl was particularly recognized for his involvement with the Missouri River Cleanup events held in Yankton in 2004 and 2005. In both years, nearly 15 miles of riverfront upstream and downstream of Yankton were scrubbed of glass, plastic, scrap metal, tires, and abandoned furniture. In both years upwards of 200 volunteers contributed time an energy to the cause.
Kuhl has served as an event planner and facilitator from the start and particularly coordinated the city's involvement, providing the staging area for the event at the Riverside Park landing and trucks for trash disposal. In 2004, 10 truckloads of trash were collected and disposed of, much through recycling.
Kuhl is also active with Boy Scouting in Yankton and has helped organize a number of scouting adventures on the Missouri River.
Kuhl was the city of Yankton's engineer from 1991 to 1999 and has been the public works director since 1999. A native Nebraskan, Kevin graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1977 with a civil engineering degree. Kevin and his wife Cathy have three children, Sarah, Nicole, and Christopher.