grand rapids whitewater http://michiganradio.org en Check out how the Grand River could look in Grand Rapids with river restoration plan http://michiganradio.org/post/check-out-how-grand-river-could-look-grand-rapids-river-restoration-plan <p>The preliminary plan to restore the rapids to a two-mile stretch of the Grand River is out. It’s the first real look&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grand Rapids has gotten&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at the proposed project.</span></p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 22:28:18 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15388 at http://michiganradio.org Check out how the Grand River could look in Grand Rapids with river restoration plan Endangered mussel delaying Grand River whitewater project http://michiganradio.org/post/endangered-mussel-delaying-grand-river-whitewater-project <p>North America has the most diverse population of freshwater mussels in the world. There are roughly 300 species. But almost 40 have gone extinct in recent history. The presence of one kind of <a href="http://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/clams/snuffbox/index.html">endangered freshwater mussel </a>is delaying projects to restore parts of the Grand River in West Michigan.</p><p>To find out more, I meet up with <a href="http://ecologicalspecialists.com/">Heidi Dunn and her two-man crew </a>at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids. They’re hunting for a beloved endangered animal - well, an endangered mussel – that Dunn loves.</p><p>“They’re not the charismatic megafauna. You know, like eagles and bears and other things like that. These are not warm cuddly fuzzies. They’re biological rocks,” Dunn said.</p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 13:43:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 14937 at http://michiganradio.org Endangered mussel delaying Grand River whitewater project New partnership should give a boost to Grand River rapids restoration project http://michiganradio.org/post/new-partnership-should-give-boost-grand-river-rapids-restoration-project <p>An effort to restore the rapids into the Grand River is getting a boost from a <a href="http://www.urbanwaters.gov/pdf/May10PressRelease.pdf">new federal partnership</a>.</p><p>The rapids that gave Michigan’s second largest city its name are long gone. Hydraulic dams that used to power the furniture industry are major safety hazards for small boats and kayaks. They also block fish like sturgeon from spawning upstream.</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 22:30:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12527 at http://michiganradio.org New partnership should give a boost to Grand River rapids restoration project