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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bridge Update

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I finally got some more information about the Urban White Water Project. 
* The run will be 2.5 miles in length
* The estimated low flow of the rapids will be 800 cubic feet per second (from what I understand, this is a pretty good flow for rafting and kayaking)
* The project will breach two dams, City Mills (built in 1907) and Eagle and Phenix (built in 1868)
* The deconstruction of Eagle and Phenix dam will begin this fall and be complete by Spring 2012
* The deconstruction of City Mills dam will begin in 2012, completed Spring 2013
* The dams will be taken apart piece by piece and they are expecting to find some interesting things in the river: cannon balls from the Civil War, maybe old slot machines from PC gangsta days, or even some concrete booties?
* 50% of the funds came from private donations. The rest of the money is coming the Phenix City and Columbus and from federal grants.
* This run will have four rapids, with the final set at Coweta Falls being rated as class IV
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Here's a link to the Greenwood Project video:
http://www.gpb.org/news/2010/04/27/whitewater-coming-to-columbus
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4 comments:

Grant said...

that is cool. return nature to its home turf.

Hilda said...

I recently watch NGS channel's Dam Breakers and it was absolutely fascinating! This sounds like a huge project, and it would be fantastic to see the river again after a couple of years.

Jacob said...

This is a very exciting project. I hope you're around when they start hauling stuff out of the river!

Love this photo! The reflections are great - reality just sort of flows into a reflection of itself!

cieldequimper said...

Will be waiting for the next information!