Our Mission

Grand River Future Vision's mission is to preserve and improve the Grand River through downtown Grand Rapids. It is our goal to see the river accessible by ALL users without risk to the ecosystem. A vibrant community deserves a healthy river at its Heart. Current proposals to alter the river will attempt to sever the community from the river and endanger the ecosystem from the headwaters to the lake. We are the Stewards and the Stakeholders of the river.

Defenders of the short-sighted men who in their greed and selfishness will, if permitted, rob our country of half its charm by their reckless extermination of all useful and beautiful wild things sometimes seek to champion them by saying the 'the game belongs to the people.' So it does; and not merely to the people now alive, but to the unborn people. The 'greatest good for the greatest number' applies to the number within the womb of time, compared to which those now alive form but an insignificant fraction. Our duty to the whole, including the unborn generations, bids us restrain an unprincipled present-day minority from wasting the heritage of these unborn generations. The movement for the conservation of wild life and the larger movement for the conservation of all our natural resources are essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method.— Theodore Roosevelt

Who are we?

We are the shareholders of this great resource called the Grand River! We are watch dogs and we find the facts!

We come from many backgrounds. Some of us own businesses, work in factories, sell real estate, own property on the river, work for government agencies, and are you friends and neighbors. Many of us fish, but all of us don't.

Fun Facts about the Grand River
We care about the city of Grand Rapids and our great state of  Michigan. We care about the Grand River that flows through the many communities from Jackson to Grand Haven. We care about the Great Lakes. We are defined by our towns, Rivers and Lakes. We desire the cleanest and most enjoyable places to live and play in. We will fight, tooth and nail, any groups looking to make a buck at the cost of these resources.

The Grand River belongs to everybody, and we should all enjoy it as we see fit. One person or group of people should not seek to diminish the enjoyment of any others that use the river.

There are enough issues with the Grand with failing dams upstream, illegal fishing, pollutants, invasive and Endangered Species. Anything done to the river should have those things in mind first and foremost.

If money is spent on to make the river better, maybe some real issues should be addressed.

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