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It Takes a City to Restore Our River

A project as big as restoring the Grand River takes the coordinated work and effort of multiple people and organizations. While Grand Rapids WhiteWater is focused specifically on dam removal and river restoration, our partners are also working to develop the waterfront, protect the river ecosystem, improve water quality and ensure access for all our citizens.

Outdoor Enthusiasts, Civic Ldaders, Environmentalists, Interested Citizens, YOU

GRWW/City of Grand Rapids Visit Glenwood Springs, CO

From Left to Right: Mike Staal; Project Manager for the City of Grand Rapids, Jason Carey; Principal Engineer for River Restoration Org, and Matt Chapman: Project Manager for Grand Rapids WhiteWater stand on along the banks of the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs after a two day design workshop at River Restoration Org Headquarters in Carbondale, CO.

Meet our Project Partners

City of Grand Rapids logo
Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. Logo
Grand Rapids Public Museum logo
EcoAnalysts logo
Encompass logo
ERM logo
River Restoration logo
Richard Bishop Consulting logo


Grand Rapids has a history of successful public private partnerships that have helped shape and rejuvenate our downtown. Restoration of the Grand River is a $44.6 million effort that will yield significant environmental, social and economic benefits for years to come. 90% of the fundraising goal has been committed from private individuals, businesses and foundations as well as federal, state and local resources.

GRWW Funding Graphic (Total Bar Graph)

Will you help restore the Rapids to the Grand River?

Project Leadership

Grand Rapids WhiteWater is led by Steve Heacock and Matt Chapman, with support from an Active Board of Directors and capital campaign cabinet.

Board Members

Campaign Cabinet

Fred Keller
Honorary Committee Co-Chairs

Teresa Weatherall Neal
Honorary Committee Co-Chairs

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss
Endorsement Council Co-Chairs

Jim Saalfeld
Endorsement Council Co-Chairs

John Green
Campaign Co-Chairs

Megan Sall
Campaign Co-Chairs

Mike VanGessel
Campaign Co-Chairs

River restoration Partners

Project Partners & Affiliates

Professional Services

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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