GRANDVILLE, Mich. — Leaders in Grandville say they oppose a proposed project relating to the Grand River.

The Grand River Waterway project would span a 23-mile stretch from Grand Rapids to Eastmanville in Ottawa County.  

Supporters of the project say dredging the river would make it accessible to power boats and boost tourism.

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One of the major concerns from critics is the environment. Studies have shown that dredging can have a negative affect on wildlife.

Grandville's Mayor Steve Maas understands why people are so passionate.

"We all love the Grand River and we want to take care of it. So I think that's why feelings are so strong when it comes to proposed changes to the Grand River," said Maas.

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And even though Grandville does not have jurisdiction over the project, the city council did take action Monday night.  They passed a resolution opposing the dredging of the Grand River. The resolution passed by a vote of 4 to 2.

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