i would hardly call wisconsin "whitewater hell"
you've got more whitewater there than a lot of states can say they have. now if you lived in florida, mississippi, or louisiana, i think you would be onto something.
and for your info, a lot of colorado is a long way from whitewater. depending on where you live, and also depending on the time of year, you can't find whitewater within several hundred miles.
there are a lot of boaters here who live in the mountains. we are jonesing all winter long. the only place that we can go for some whitewater that isn't frozen in the form of snow is down to the front range, or on a long road trip to some other warmer climate.
so we sit around and talk on mountainbuzz, and people get on each others nerves. people are all entitled to their own opinions. sometimes those opinions rub other people the wrong way. then people start arguing with each other. that is just the way it goes with internet forums.
just wait untill you try to get your project up and rolling. there will be all kinds of hoops to jump through. and people will probably point out some kind of problems. then you will probably get defensive since you have invested so much time and energy. these guys aren't arguing for the fun of it. they are trying to point out and work out any potential problems before they become actual problems.
i know some people are getting a little bit emotional here, but everyone just wants a play park that will be worth the time and energy invested in building it. everyone's ideas are important. even if it looks like it is just arguing fioor the sake of arguing.
this is how these things get done. there will be arguments about a project like this until the day it is completed. someone wil have to argue with the city council and point out all the benefits, while the opposition who wants the river left alone argues the other side and tries to show the problems. then someone will have to argue for water rights in the water court, while someone else will argue against issueing the water right.
if we have seen all the arguments for and against a project before it gets to the city council, or before it gets into the water court, then at least we know what to expect when it gets to that point. so don't tell people not to argue. people are just throwing out all the possibilities, and that can't be a bad thing.