In addition to the environmental impacts listed above we believe the river will once again become a gathering place for social activities and recreation. In June of 2014, Grand Rapids WhiteWater released the results of an economic impact study.

This study was conducted by the Anderson Economic Group and shows expanded recreational use of the Grand River could generate a net new economic impact of $15 million to $19 million per year. The study also found improved riverfront property utilization and taxable values could increase by $117.7 million.