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FLOW & The Boardman Review

  FLOW was recently honored to be featured in an on-line and print magazine, the Boardman Review.  It features travelogues, lifestyle profiles, literature, music and documentaries that showcase young and established creatives whose work and lives contribute to the Northern Michigan community. The magazine includes multi-media elements with each piece.  We asked the founders and co-editors,… Read more »

Illuminating Information in the Straits of Mackinac

Deep beneath the Straits of Mackinac, where twin petroleum pipelines cross the lakebed, sunlight has difficulty penetrating. But there’s more illumination at that depth than there is on key information involving the safety of the pipelines, thanks to deplorable tactics of state agencies and the pipeline owner, Enbridge. The recent disclosure of state-company collusion to… Read more »

Ecological disasters do not wait for political elections.

Ecological disasters do not wait for political elections. And Line 5 at the Straits of Mackinac seems oblivious to the campaign calendar. To date, the Band-Aid fix-it approach for line 5 has only resulted in Band-Aid size – oh, I mean dinnerplate size — bare metal spots on the pipeline itself. The law is clear…. Read more »

Statement to Pipeline Safety Advisory Board

  The state pipeline safety advisory board met Monday to discuss next steps on Line 5 at the Straits of Mackinac, in the wake of new revelations about shoddy Line 5 maintenance by Enbridge. FLOW’s statement at the meeting said enough is known about the pipeline’s condition and poor maintenance for the state to immediately revoke the… Read more »

FLOW Comments on the Draft 2017 Lake Huron Lakewide Action and Management Plan

Tuesday, FLOW submitted comments regarding the draft 2017 Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP) for Lake Huron.  We are concerned about the LAMP’s failure to address a major threat to the waters and ecosystem of Lake Huron: the Enbridge Corporation’s Line 5 pipelines traversing 4.6 miles on the bottomlands of the Straits of Mackinac.  … Read more »

FLOW Response to Hurricane Harvey NEWS

Stop All Disaster-Schemers from Ripping Off Our Public Water for Selfish Profits Jim Olson Here’s the ugly future of water if we don’t protect it as something public and held in public trust for the benefit of citizens. Water is a commons, meant to be used by landowners, homeowners, and citizens who have a right… Read more »

Michigan Officials Direct Nestlé to Reexamine Impact to Freshwater Resources of Increased Pumping Proposal

FLOW’s Nestle Fact Sheet Related Links Reports and Handouts Jim Olson on Great Lakes Compact (Video) Media Releases Related Posts The Council of Canadians More on Nestlé Water Grab Acting in part on scientific evidence developed and submitted by FLOW and our expert team, the Michigan Department of Environmental has directed Swiss water-bottling giant Nestlé to reassess the… Read more »

We Unite Over Water

  In our culture a river is typically a boundary, differentiating one domain from another. The Mississippi River, for example, is the border of 10 states. There’s another way to look at a river—as the center of a basin, accepting and uniting all of its tributary waters. And its tributary people. I’ve lived in several… Read more »

Osceola County Site Visit –  Stealing Michigan’s Invisible Resource

  This article is a follow-up to my January post on “Groundwater – Invisible but Precious.” On a recent bike tour in northern Michigan, I decided to put Evart on the itinerary and stop by the area where Nestle Waters North America is hoping to increase their taking of Michigan groundwater. Nestle would like to… Read more »