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Business Record: Ideas for downtown fun on the river should gel by fall River surfing, anyone?

We should know more by fall about the vision for turning the Des Moines River downtown into an attraction for canoeists, kayakers, bird-watchers, fishing enthusiasts and others.

McLaughlin Whitewater Group, with subcontractors RDG Planning & Design and HDR, has started a study to figure out what is technically possible at the sites of the Center Street and Scott Street low-head dams, which have been both hazardous and a barrier to recreation. A former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staffer is on the team to make sure the plans stay within regulations. And we'll have a better idea on the price tags for, say, some kind of paddling course through the area.

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