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Aren’t rapids dangerous?

There is inherent danger with any “risk sport” that users accept. However, according to American Whitewater, Whitewater recreation is statistically safer than skiing, mountain biking, roller blading and many other outdoor sports. The rapids would be far less hazardous than the dams currently in the…

How will rowing be affected upstream and down stream?

Recognizing the important social, recreational and economic benefits provided by rowing clubs on the Grand River, GRWW has spent considerable time studying the river bottom and the hydraulic features of the river in the Riverside Park area. Another incidental benefit of the AHS is the…

How will upstream property owners be affected?

An understandable concern from upstream property owners is that this project will “drain the pond” once the Sixth Street Dam is removed. After extensive study of the river bottom, our engineers have verified property owners from Ann Street upstream to North Park Bridge will see…

Has hydroelectric generation been considered?

Yes, and the idea has been rejected based on a cost benefit ratio. It has been determined by engineers to be too costly to consider with a payback estimated at 70 years. Recreation has a better payback than hydropower with Americans spending an average of…