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Author: Chip Richards

Grand Rapids Whitewater Releases Findings of Economic Impact Study

Grand Rapids Whitewater has released findings of the Economic Benefits of the Grand Rapids Whitewater Project, a study focused on the potential for expanded economic activity directly related to the restoration of a 2.2-mile stretch of the Grand River through downtown Grand Rapids.
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Grand Rapids Whitewater Releases Preliminary Plan for River Restoration

Grand Rapids Whitewater is pleased to share this preliminary plan to restore the rapids to the Grand River in downtown Grand Rapids. The plan is based on two years of scientific and engineering studies that evaluated the river bottom, sediment, wildlife and other factors to understand the river. ...
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Urban Waters Federal Partnership adds Legitimacy

At 2:30 p.m. today, federal officials announced that the Grand River is one of 11 locations to be added to the Urban Waters Federal Partnership “to restore waterways, help local
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River Rapids Close-up

White House Endorses Restoration of Rapids

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in partnership with the White House Council on Environmental Quality, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of the Interior has announced that
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Antique Map, Grand Rapids of Grand River

Restore the Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our city was given its name for a reason, because once, long ago, we actually had natural, free flowing whitewater rapids. There is now an important opportunity
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Sturgeon Image

Lake Sturgeon are an Awesome Sight

Lake Sturgeon are an awesome sight. They date back to the age of dinosaurs and were once abundant, spawning prolifically in the former rapids of the Grand. The Ottawa know
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Steelhead holding position

Steelhead Holding Zones

Fish swimming in front of a structure display lower tail-beat amplitudes and body wave speeds, implying that the bow wake may be the most energetically favorable region for a fish
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Michigan Department of Natural Resources Support

“Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh says political and funding support is there for Grand Rapids Whitewater” Read more in the Grand Rapids Press article State support and
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DNR head approves of plan to restore the rapids

“There’s one challenge about putting the rapids back into Grand Rapids, and that’s making sure that sea lampreys don’t continue up the Grand River. So they’ll go through a series
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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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