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$27M plan would put 'rapids' back in Grand Rapids, MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - A $27 million plan is designed to put the "rapids" back in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Whitewater project would remove the Grand River's dams downtown and restore its rapids.

Originally begun by a group of kayaking enthusiasts, Grand Rapids Whitewater has expanded to a full-scale restoration effort. It's aimed at naturalizing the river as it falls 18 feet through downtown Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Press/MLive.com reports  the plan was added to the Urban Waters Federal Partnership in May, putting it on a fast track for federal regulatory approvals and grants.

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