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  • Grand Traverse Islands National Park Proposal

    Grand Traverse Islands National Park Proposal

    Eight states border the Great Lakes, but only five national parks.  For those who think the spectacular values of the freshwater coast are underrepresented among the crown jewels of the national park system, there is good news:  a small but dogged group of Wisconsin citizens is keeping the torch lit …Read More »
  • The “Fox in the Henhouse” Michigan Bill Package

    The “Fox in the Henhouse” Michigan Bill Package

    The “Fox in the Henhouse” bill package in the State Legislature is on the move again. The Michigan Competitiveness Committee in the Michigan House of Representatives is holding a meeting Wednesday at 2:30 PM in Room 307 of the House Office Building. On the agenda are the three Anti-Department of Environmental Quality (Senate-passed) bills: SB 652, …Read More »
  • Anatomy of A Spill in the Great Lakes

    Anatomy of A Spill in the Great Lakes

    Five years ago this spring, when I first learned about Line 5, I could only imagine what a catastrophic oil spill would look like here in the heart of the Great Lakes.  Two weeks ago, we dodged a bullet as we watched a hazardous liquid spill from two neighboring transmission …Read More »
  • Kryptonite and Water

    Kryptonite and Water

    This March, I met an amazing young woman from Flint named Kayla Shannon at Freshwater Future’s All About Water conference in Detroit, Michigan.  This conference brought together an extraordinary group of people and organizations across the state from the grassroots, the environment and policy community, and academia, all committed to …Read More »
  • Common Water, Public Health, and the Common Good: Just What Does the Term “Public Trust” Mean Anyway?

    Common Water, Public Health, and the Common Good: Just What Does the Term “Public Trust” Mean Anyway?

    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, these commons – including the Great Lakes — …Read More »

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