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Grand River GR

A work in progress

on 21 May 2018

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Transcript of Grand River GR

Goal 1: Restore the River ...
Goal 2: Create a True Downtown...
Goal 3: Implement a 21st Century Mobility Strategy
Goal 4: Expand Job Opportunities...
Goal 5: Reinvest in Public Spaces...
Goal 6: Retain and Attract Families
And Rapids Restoration

Grand Rapids 1868
Water Source
Project Scope now
Sea Lamprey Control
Lands and Easements
Flood Control
Threatened &
Endangered Species
Project Scope then...
The River
The Dam
Fish & Other Creatures

Grand River Restoration Steering Committee
River Corridor Plan Steering Committee
Pre-Application Permit Meetings
Preliminary Design
Alternatives Analysis

Grand River Revitalization
Fulton Street
Grand Rapids Press
Proposed Barrier
“Before the river was changed by the work of man, the rapids had a nearly uniform descent for about a mile… sufficient to give a decided turbulent and wild appearance to the waters, and to make a noise that broke the stillness of the forest and echoed from the neighboring hills.”
--Charles A Whittemore, Kent Scientific Institute of Grand Rapids, 1895

Balancing Benefits of Connectivity
with Cost of Management
Independent Variables:
Flow Rate
Water Quality
Lamprey Capabilities
Controllable Variables:
Crest Height
Crest Elevation 603.36 ft
2.75 ft below tailwater at 31,000 (10 yr flood)

18" maintained up to 18,000 (2.1 yr flood)
Ogee Crest - max. slope 50 degrees
Grand Rapids 2015
River Restoration
Grand Rapids White Water
Local Champions
installing habitat and water quality enhancements;
improving access and recreational opportunities for residents;
enhancing natural aesthetics and riparian function of the riverfront;
attracting tourism, businesses and employment opportunities;
connecting underserved communities with the river and downtown;
creating access to natural areas for under-represented community members;
implementing a comprehensive plan for watershed and related green infrastructure issues; and,
generating a stewardship ethic for the river through education and outreach; especially with urban youth.

City of Grand Rapids City Commission
Approval to Proceed
Photo Credit: 2013 Rob Shea
Studies Completed
Opportunities and Constraints
River Sediment Hazardous Materials Testing
Lake Sturgeon Habitat
Snuffbox Mussel Survey
Economic Impact Study
Sea Lamprey Barrier Report
Geomorphic Analysis
Bathymetric Survey
Alternative Analysis
Stakeholder Outreach, including with Feds, Native American Tribes, State & Local Gov’ts
Restore the rapids to the Grand River for everyone, with enhanced access and recreational opportunities
Improve habitat and connectivity, water quality, riparian functions and aesthetics
Create economic opportunities, enhance underserved communities and instill stewardship ethic
Project Goals
Improve the rowing pool
Uncover 88 acres of rapids
Restore 47 acres of boulders and substrate
Community tradition of cross-sector support for big ideas (public, private, non-profit, community)

Governor Snyder's State of the State "Placemaking" Project
City has endorsed vision, is supporting community engagement/plan process

Broad-sector representation including (but not limited to): Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Federal and State agencies, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Chamber of Commerce, Urban League, and philanthropic community

Engaged Community
Methods - Distribution, Quantitative, Qualitative
Species Rich – 27 species
2 Federally Endangered species
Epioblasma triquetra (Snuffbox)
Leptodea leptodon (Scaleshell)
9 Michigan listed species
Grand Rapids historically supported mussels
Michigan DNR surveys found fresh dead E. triquetra

Mussel survey – September 2013
Areas that have escaped ecological changes occurring elsewhere and so provides a suitable habitat for relict species.
Flow Refugia
Reach 1 - The Midden
Area between 0.2 and 3 ft/sec at 5500 cfs
Existing 18 acres
Proposed 25 acres

Urban Waters Federal Partnership
Federal Emergency Management Act (FEMA)
the process

Restore the River
Create a True Downtown
Mobility Strategy
Expand Jobs
Reinvest in Public Spaces
Collaborative Momentum in the
Lower Grand River Watershed
* Inform Partners
* Organizational Connectivity
* Investigate Opportunities
* Support Initiatives

Uncover 88 acres of rapids

Grand Fish, Grand River
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