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What is the Grand River Restoration Project?

Revitalization of the Grand River and restoration of the namesake rapids was called for by the 2011 amendments to the City’s Master Plan developed through the Green Grand Rapids process. This vision was embraced by Grand Rapids Whitewater (“GRWW”), a not-for-profit organization formed to lead…

How clean is the water in the Grand River?

The quality of the water in the Grand River is the best it has ever been since the City of Grand Rapids started tracking the water quality in the early 1970s. Over the past three decades, The City of Grand Rapids has successfully separated its…

Why remove the dams?

Removing the dams facilitates the restoration of the namesake rapids currently submerged in the area between the Sixth Street dam and Ann Street. Additionally, the dam removal will restore river connectivity for fish and other creatures and improve the river’s ability to transport sediment. Rivers,…

Does anybody care what the anglers think?

Yes! Fishing is part of what makes the Grand River so Grand. We understand and appreciate some anglers have concerns about the project. We have been working with local angling groups to share our vision and seek input from those who currently use the river…

Won’t fishing be ruined?

Our goal is to improve fishing by providing increased habitat, structure, more gravel, diverse flows and a varied river bottom. The migrating fish would hold better before moving upriver and local populations of walleye and bass will flourish. Over the last 160 years, tons of…

Will anglers be able to wade the rapids?

Yes. With the removal of the dams, and the addition of rocks and boulders, anglers would be able to safely wade the river when flow rates are similar to existing conditions and access additional areas of prime fishing habitat. We will also be working with…