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Des Moines Register: Surfing the Des Moines River? Whitewater rafting? Nothing is off the table, exp

A Colorado-based water recreation expert says he's not ruling anything out when it comes to revitalizing the underused stretch of the Des Moines River that flows through downtown.

Rick McLaughlin, the senior project manager at McLaughlin Whitewater Design Group, built the world's longest urban whitewater rafting course, which helped revive a declining Georgia textile mill town.

He brought river surfing to landlocked Boise, Idaho. And he engineered a portion of the Ocoee River near Chattanooga, Tenn., into the whitewater course used for canoeing and kayaking events during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

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