Community Engagement and Planning for Watershed Resilience

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Grand Rapids Urban Waters Federal Partnership

The focus of  Grand River/Grand Rapids UWFP has been on the restoration of the rapids in the Grand River as it flows through downtown Grand Rapids. The Partnership location also seeks to accelerate and coordinate projects that are critical to improving water quality and public health, restoring forest resources, and fostering community stewardship in the urban portion of the watershed. As the Partnership has grown, it has evolved into a comprehensive and ever-expanding network of partners with projects that support both upstream and downstream communities throughout the watershed. Moving forward, the intention is to grow the Partnership and connect community members with their waterway. One of the ways in which the Partnership is expanding is on the topic of watershed resilience planning and community engagement.

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