Great Lakes Programs

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At the heart of FLOW's groundbreaking law and policy work is demonstrating how to apply public trust principles and make long-term policy decisions that will protect the waters, equitably balance competing uses, buttress the federal government's billion dollar Great Lakes Restoration Initiative investment, and herald the lakes as a living, dynamic ecosystem.

FLOW's programs focus on changing specific policies at every level of governance, from local ordinances to international agreements. Click on a program below to get more information.

Public Trust Education
Protecting the Great Lakes through Education and Public Policy

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Line 5 Pipelines and Extreme Energy
Prioritizing Great Lakes Protection in Key Discussions about Our Shared Future

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Water, Food, Energy, Climate Change Nexus
Prioritizing Great Lakes Protection in Key Discussions about Our Shared Future

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Local Fracking Ordinances
Partnering with Michigan counties and townships to protect communities and their water from hydraulic “fracking”

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Aquaculture in the Great Lakes
Challenging Proposed “Net-pen” and Antiquated “Flow-through” Aquaculture Operations

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Diversions and Exports
A water diversion is the removal or transfer of water from one watershed to another.

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