June 16, 2019


Improving Des Moines-area waterways could bring in more than $100 million to the regional economy, according to a new study.

KCCI reported last summer about plans to transform waterways, and now the numbers show the plans would more than pay for themselves.

It was too cold Wednesday to take a dip in the Des Moines River, but that didn’t stop metro leaders from dreaming about warmer days and big changes for waterways.

“By activating our waterways, that gives us the added leverage point to give people the quality of life of things they want to do in the region,” said Hannah Inman, with Great Outdoors Fund.

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