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  • Skip the Straw

    Skip the Straw

    The production of plastic was first viewed as a miracle, the birth of a surprisingly durable material. But used as a disposable material, that durability is part of its downfall. Plastic degrades very slowly, and it often ends up in the environment and in the food chain. In 1950, the …Read More »
  • Our Public Water, Infrastructure and Health:  Here Come the Profiteers!

    Our Public Water, Infrastructure and Health:  Here Come the Profiteers!

    Our public water systems are in crisis. Every person and business in every city and town in the U.S. will face increasing competition for water, more and more repairs, improvements, and replacement of crumbling infrastructure or preventing illness or pollution. They will also face the wild card of increased frequency …Read More »
  • Public Trust Tuesday:  A Big Win for the Public Trust

    Public Trust Tuesday:  A Big Win for the Public Trust

    FLOW’s organizing principle is the public trust doctrine.  What sounds like an exotic concept is quite simple.  This centuries-old principle of common law holds that there are some resources, like water and submerged lands, that by their nature cannot be privately owned.  Rather, this commons – including the Great Lakes …Read More »
  • Trump Administration: Importance of Great Lakes Cleanup Equal to Hosting a Military Parade

    Trump Administration: Importance of Great Lakes Cleanup Equal to Hosting a Military Parade

    The Trump Administration on February 14 revealed that President Donald Trump’s proposed military parade, inspired by his attendance at the Bastille Day celebration last July in Paris, would cost taxpayers as much as $30 million. While there’s been broad criticism of the appropriateness of such a display by the world’s …Read More »
  • Let’s Go to the Creek!

    Let’s Go to the Creek!

    “Let’s go to the creek!” Wide eyes and an expectant smile stared up at my dad. Growing up with a state park behind our house, I felt the creek had a mystical quality. We would explore for what felt like days, sliding down the hill, peering in the fox den, …Read More »

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