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Chattahoochee paddle boarder: Look at bigger picture of whitewater project

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Just days after The Eagle and Phenix dam was breached, a second breaching is scheduled to happen Sunday. News Leader 9 spoke with a paddle boarder who says while the first blast got mixed reviews, people have to look at the bigger picture.

" A lot of people don't like it. A lot of people didn't like the river walk. A lot of people didn't like the skate park. But, this is going to have a bigger effect than any of those put together i think," said Jacob Arthur.

He's talking about the whitewater project going on at The Riverwalk. Just a few days ago the dam was breached creating new rapids.

"What they're doing is they're not just removing the dams. [The city is] removing the dams and removing the rocks to make it safer," said Arthur.

Arthur says with the way things are currently, if a rafter were to fall out of a kayak they could hit a rock or go under a rock.

"That's called an undercut rock or a sift. Their trying to eliminate as many undercuts and sifts as they can to make it safe as they can for rafters and kayakers and paddle boarders," Arthur said.

He is new to the entire sport. He's been learning to kayak and paddle board since September. He loves to compete and he says Columbus is the best place to practice.  Arthur says the currents here are tough and create a great challenge for anyone looking for a thrill.

"If you learn to paddle at Columbus and you go to the bigger rivers it going to be a lot simpler for you. Because, the currents down here are a lot different than they are anywhere else I've been so far."

if you plan on coming out tomorrow there are few things you need to know. The breaching is scheduled to happen between 10 am and 1 pm. If you want to get a great view, you can get that at Woodruff park and the PC Amphitheatre.

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