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City Council approves more research for the Whitewater Projects

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The Cedar Valley is not giving up on the idea of a whitewater course.

The proposed whitewater course in Downtown Waterloo was on the city council agenda again, Monday night.

This time council voted for more research on the project.

As you may remember, the city council voted twice back in the spring on grant funding for the whitewater course that required a city match.

It failed both times, but city council says that doesn't mean the project is off the table for good.

The Cedar River in Downtown Waterloo doesn't see much recreational activity.

It is something many in the area would like to change and some believe that starts with the proposed whitewater course.

"We are just scratching the surface of what the potential can be for our rivers in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, Iowa," said Cedar Trails Partnership President Bob Manning.

"I hope you continue to think big and dream big and pursue this particular project as well as others like it," said a Waterloo resident.

 The city council isn't giving up on the dream. The council voted 5 to 1, with Councilman Schmitt abstaining, to approve the use of gaming funds to pay for a $32,000 engineering and design research project.

 However funding the actual course remains an issue.

 "We have a lot of needs. This is a want. I think we should take a deep breath here and look at the things we have to get done first, before we do something else downtown," said Councilman Lind.

 The biggest hurdle for the project is the lack of support for taxpayer funding. 

  "Find other funding mechanisms that would create positive opportunity to use our best natural resource in Waterloo and that is the river, right now," said Councilman Powers.

  The city turned down a grant application back in May for a $750,000 grant that required a city match of $750,000.

  Something the council was not willing to do at the time.

  The $2.5 million project will remain on hold at this time.

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