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, like arteries, need to be open to remain healthy. Once the dams are removed, fish and other creatures will be allowed to travel freely and access an additional 88 acres of historic habitat.
The dams in the Grand River are extremely dangerous. Many people have been caught in the Sixth Street and Bridge Street dams and have been injured or have lost their lives due to the strong current created by the rapidly moving water. Removing the dams in Grand Rapids would allow for more people to safely use the river.