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Embedding Equity into the River Restoration Project

In his “I Have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. addressed the question of when civil rights advocates would be satisfied. Dr. King answered,
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Meet the Team: Wendy Ogilvie

Wendy Olgilvie serves as Director of Environmental Programs for the Grand Valley Metro Council. Wendy has spent her life improving watersheds, has a passion for all people to have access
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Meet the Team: Mike Staal

Michael Staal serves as the river restoration project manager for the City of Grand Rapids. In this role, he focuses on the potential impacts of the project, ensuring access on
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Meet the Team: Kristin Pfauth

Kristin Pfauth is an Engineering Project Manager for the City of Grand Rapids. She also oversees capital projects for the City (“everything that’s not a road or a sidewalk”), including
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Meet the Team: Ciarra Adkins

Ciarra Adkins is the Equity Analyst for the City of Grand Rapids, helping to ensure an equity lens to river restoration work. As she works to promote equity and inclusion
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Meet the Team: Jay Steffen

Jay Steffen, the Assistant Planning Director for the City of Grand Rapids has been a key part of the river restoration project for many years. Jay serves as the lead
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Meet the Team: Matt Chapman

Matt Chapman has served as Project Manager for Grand Rapids WhiteWater since 2015. Matt grew up on the Chippewa River in Midland, MI, which fueled his passion for river restoration.
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GRWW secures $4.4 million in new funding, names new CEO

“The Grand Rapids Whitewater nonprofit has secured $4.4 million in new public and foundation funding for its restoration efforts of the Grand River through the city. With pledges of $1.4 million from
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Little Mussel, Big City: David’s Blog

David Koning, teacher at nature-based STREAM School in Hamilton, MI, writes his own thoughts about teaching 9 high school students place-based learning during the 2018 Summer Science and Leadership Program.
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Restoration Project could be done by 2025

Grand Rapids citizens and visitors may not be seeing big changes in the River right now, but Grand Rapids Whitewater hopes to be making big splashes soon. “[T]he river will
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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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