GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The dredging debate continues today over whether the Grand River Waterway Project should move forward.

The Grand Rapids Steelheaders have invited an Michigan State sea grant educator to talk about environmental risks related to the dredging project. Project supporters hope that by dredging 23 miles of the river between Eastmanville and downtown Grand Rapids, powerboats could use the river from downtown to Lake Michigan.

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In theory, visitors would spend more money here in West Michigan.

The Steelheaders will be hosting a social hour and public meeting about the river project. They have invited Dr. Daniel O'Keefe for a look at the environmental impacts that the project will have on the river. 

Impacts and Risks in Dredging the Lower Grand River Join Us, Monday, May 20th Our speaker is Dan O'Keefe PhD This Meeting is open to the Public, NO CHARGE. Join Dr. O'Keefe for a look at the...

Dr. O'Keefe will discuss the potential risks the venture would pose to river habitat, water quality and aquatic species and point out specific examples of fishing spots in the Grand Rapids area that would be damaged by dredging.

Social hour will start around 6 p.m. and the meeting is set for 7 p.m. Dr. O'Keefe will begin his presentation around 8 p.m. The social hour, meeting and discussion are all free events and will take place at the Diamond Ave Hall, located at 435 Diamond Ave. NE. For more information, visit the Steelheaders' Facebook page.

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