WTVM 5/13/13 Editorial: Whitewater Rafting splashes into Columbu - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

WTVM 5/13/13 Editorial: Whitewater Rafting splashes into Columbus this Memorial Day weekend

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Get ready to ride the rapids of the Chattahoochee!

The highly-anticipated two-and-a-half mile whitewater course will launch for the public during Memorial Day weekend.     

The $25 million project has been planned for more than a decade, but now there's a big last-minute hurdle: finding a new outfitter.

The River Restoration Project announced that Nantahala Outdoor Company will not be conducting river-running operations on the Columbus side of the Chattahoochee River.

The good news is Whitewater Express, which is handling business on the Phenix City side, have lowered their prices. So it will be a little more than $30 for morning rafting trips and less than $50 per person for a pair of high-flow trips on late afternoons.

I want to encourage you to try it - not just for the fun adventure, but to support our local economy.

Some people say Whitewater won't work in the urban area of Columbus, but we think it will.

Close to 200,000 people, many of them visitors, are expected to come to the Columbus area to kayak, raft or canoe on the new course annually.

Our community is hoping to catch that wave, for years to come.

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