LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – A move to rebuild part of the dam on the Grand River in Eaton Rapids has launched and the clock is ticking to raise money for the project.
It’s called “Return the Rapids to Eaton Rapids” and the goal is to raise $50,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.
If that goal is met before the December 18 deadline then the City of Eaton Rapids will receive a matching $50,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority.
The plan is to replace the top half of the West Low-Head Dam with a step pool fish ramp and a canoe/kayak river rapids area that could be used when water levels allow.
Taking the dam out would increase access to the river for canoeists, fishing and other water-based activities.
Russ Hicks, President of the Quiet Water Society, says the project is new, different and unique. He adds “a community can change a great deal, over time, but the river and its laughing rapids will be here long after we’ve moved on.”
The project is the first waterway effort supported through the Public Spaces Community Places program.