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Grand River Equity Framework: A Healthy River and Community

City of Grand Rapids
City of Grand Rapids
Grand River downtown Grand Rapids

The fourth goal of Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.’s Grand River Equity Framework making the Grand River revitalization project equitable for local Black, Indigenous, and people of color promotes a healthy river.

A Healthy River and Community. What does that look like for the area’s BIPOC community? It’s straightforward impacting everyone. The goal is water quality monitoring and restoring the river’s habitat. Improving water quality entails the incorporation of green stormwater infrastructure and there’s also a focus on working with communities advancing environmental justice.

Reaching these outcomes includes achieving equity in regional water quality by partnering with southside Grand Rapids communities committed to cleaning adjacent river and tributaries. On a larger scale, the development of a river water quality report card. The reintroduction of native aquatic plants and sturgeon into the Grand River. Growing a tree canopy covering 40% of the corridor’s riverbanks.

When it comes to new public and private projects, the framework specifies green stormwater infrastructure or traditional ecological knowledge practices that must be incorporated.

Finally, protecting and promoting clean water means local, state, and federal environmental laws will be enforced.

For more information, log on at www.downtowngr.org/our-work/projects/grand-river-network.


Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.