Urban Waters Partnership

Accomplishments: Grand River Urban Waters Location


Ambassador Funding

The city of Grand Rapids, local business leaders, and foundations have contributed $300K to hire an Ambassador, develop a restoration plan, and conduct an economic impact analysis to restore the river’s namesake rapids for recreation and economic development, with a focus on the underserved west side of the river. Federal agencies are playing a supporting role with technical assistance and some funding.

Grand River Restoration

Restoration of the Grand River and namesake rapids in downtown Grand Rapids will bring social, cultural, environmental, and economic benefits. Goals include: expanding public use and access; engaging youth, Native Americans, and historically-underserved communities; expanding recreational use by anglers, rowers, paddlers and whitewater enthusiasts; restoring spawning grounds for Lake Sturgeon; improving habitat for mussel species; remediating the hydromodification impacts on water quality; and expanding economic opportunities associated with turning the “face” of downtown back toward the River.