It has become clear that the vast majority of West Michigan residents don’t want to see the Grand River dredged to allow big boats to navigate it from Grand Rapids to Grand Haven.
Grand Haven, Spring Lake township boards vote Monday night to oppose Grand River Waterway project.
This coming Monday, more local units of government will consider resolutions to formally oppose the project, which entails dredging a 22.5-mile stretch of the river between Grand Rapids and the Bass River Inlet in Eastmanville.
SPRING LAKE — A Grand River dredging project that has drawn widespread concern from downriver communities has been halted in Lansing.
A 9-1 decision from the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday prompted a room full of applause from stakeholders concerned about a dredging project planned for the Grand River.
On April 3, the Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Commission passed a resolution in opposition to the project.
Rather than simply taking to social media to complain among themselves, locals showed up to the Ottawa County Board of Commissioners meeting of April 9 and made the overwhelming case for preserving the river.
Dan Hibma, a property owner spearheading the Grand River Waterway project, defended an initiative he said will generate $5.7 million annually from increased visitor spending.
Local officials voice opposition to the proposed Grand River dredging project.
Grand River Waterway, a local nonprofit group, has been working to make the Grand River safe for boaters from Grand Haven to downtown Grand Rapids. This project would have a positive economic impact in our community.
A new study released May 3 by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget has shed new light on what it would take to dredge 23 miles of the Grand River for recreational powerboat use.