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This
Grand
is Your
Grand

Restore the Rapids in the Grand River

Grand Rapids is a city with a legend written into its name. But the rapids in the Grand River haven’t been seen for generations. They were flattened by a series of dams following the Civil War. Although Grand Rapids is thriving and became a tourist destination, its namesake feature is absent — the rapids are a lost legend.

We can change that.

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The Living Grand

The Grand River restoration project proposes to bring natural, cultural and commercial excitement back to our waterway by restoring a 2.5-mile stretch of the river to its rightful, rolling state. From Ann Street to Fulton Street, the project will reveal an 18-foot drop in spectacular fashion, snaking and snarling around boulders, stone and natural reefs. With this exciting feature at its heart, a new riverfront will rise. 

This is a chance to build a better present and future by honoring the past.

01

Remove five aging dams

02

Add boulders and substrate

03

Install a new structure for flood control

04

Improve and protect habitat for fish and other species

Who We Are

Grand Rapids WhiteWater is a group dedicated to revitalizing the Grand River and putting the namesake rapids back in the Grand River for everyone’s enjoyment.

Project Zones

Stop Invasive Sea Lamprey

Reveal Bedrock Rapids

Remove Aging Dams

Bring Back Rocks and Boulders

ProjectZones

Stop Invasive Sea Lampreys

Ann Street to Leonard Street

To protect the rapids from invasive species, a mechanical barrier will be installed. The Adjustable Hydraulics Structure will look similar to this construction in Iowa.

Ann Street to Leonard Street

Reveal Bedrock Rapids

Leonard Street to Sixth Street Dam

The city’s historic namesake is being returned to its former glory. Once lost because of the logging industry, the rushing waters used to extend from Sixth Street down to Wealthy Street.

Leonard Street to Sixth Street Dam

Remove Aging Dams

Sixth Street Dam to Pearl Street

Once the Adjustable Hydraulics Structure is complete, the five aging dams will be removed and the flow of the river will begin to take shape.

Sixth Street Dam to Pearl Street

Return Rocks and Boulders

Michigan Street to Fulton Street

To complete the project, rocks and boulders will be imported to replicate the natural rapid habitat and provide recreational features.

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MissionStatement

The purpose of the organization is to recreate rapids that provide recreational and fitness opportunities to the general public, and to promote an environmentally sound design that will enhance the sustainability of fish, wildlife and natural resources within the Grand River.

Ann Street to Leonard Street

To protect the rapids from invasive species, a mechanical barrier will be installed. The Adjustable Hydraulics Structure will look similar to this construction in Iowa.

Ann Street to Leonard Street

Reveal Bedrock Rapids

Leonard Street to Sixth Street Dam

The city’s historic namesake is being returned to its former glory. Once lost because of the logging industry, the rushing waters used to extend from Sixth Street down to Wealthy Street.

Leonard Street to Sixth Street Dam

Remove Aging Dams

Sixth Street Dam to Pearl Street

Once the Adjustable Hydraulics Structure is complete, the five aging dams will be removed and the flow of the river will begin to take shape.

Sixth Street Dam to Pearl Street

Michigan Street to Fulton Street

To complete the project, rocks and boulders will be imported to replicate the natural rapid habitat and provide recreational features.

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This Grand is My Grand.

I support putting the rapids back in the Grand River. Please keep me informed on Grand Rapids WhiteWater’s progress so I can be part of this once-in-a-generation project.

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