A sampling of recent news coverage involving FLOW...
July 7, 2019
Traverse City Record-Eagle
“This problem emphasizes our failure to understand cradle-to-grave life cycles of chemicals and I hope will usher in a new era,” said Liz Kirkwood, executive director of Traverse City-based nonprofit For Love of Water organization. Kirkwood said she hopes industrial users will be held accountable for their pollution.
June 10, 2019
Great Lakes Now
January 2, 2019
April 5, 2018
March 4, 2018
February 27, 2018
Detroit Free Press
Michiganders fight back against against water privatization as Nestlé tries to increase water intake
February 17, 2018
Nation of Change
February 13, 2018
President Trump proposes a 90% cut in the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the 2018-19 budget. The initiative has bipartisan support in many Great Lakes states.
January 17, 2018
The Oil & Water Don't Mix campaign released a plan Tuesday to decommission Enbridge's Line 5 while finding alternatives to supply the Upper Peninsula with propane and transport crude oil pumped in the northern Lower Peninsula. For Love Of Water Executive Director Liz Kirkwood said she and others with the Traverse City-based nonprofit helped with the five-step plan that implores Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette to take action.
January 16, 2018
"Simply put, the state must stop the delays and stop kicking the can," said Liz Kirkwood, executive director of For Love of Water (FLOW). "The 65-year-old Line 5 pipelines pose too great a threat to the Great Lakes."
December 19, 2017
Jim Olson speaks to the "tunnel vision" of our state leaders when it comes to the alternatives for Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.
October 31, 2017
Great Lakes Now
While federal funding is important to help fund Great Lakes protection, the states should be prioritizing the Great Lakes and funding them, says FLOW advisor Dave Dempsey.
October 22, 2017
Traverse City Record Eagle
FLOW's Liz Kirkwood authored this piece in the Record Eagle illustrating how Michigan should follow Minnesota's lead pertaining to Enbridge. The state has the authority to shut down the Line 5 pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac - and they should do so immediately.
October 10, 2017
Midwest Energy News
The lengthy state review of safety issues associated with the Enbridge Line 5 pipelines at the Straits of Mackinac continues -- but the case for a shutdown is building. In Midwest Energy News, FLOW's Liz Kirkwood comments on the delay in a risk assessment of the line. There is more than enough evidence for the state to act.
September 21, 2017
Bloomberg takes a look at Nestle's profit of bottled water, paying nearly nothing for the water it sells and seeking out areas with lax laws to conduct business. Jim Olson points out how Nestle's data does not reflect real world conditions in Michigan and the importance of water as a public right.
September 14, 2017
"Patches of bare metal larger than dinner plates" are found on Line 5. FLOW and officials express their concern about the state of the line and the need for action.
September 3, 2017
Gaps are found in the coating of the Line 5 pipeline. FLOW's Dave Dempsey and others stress that the Great Lakes cannot be entrusted to Enbridge, and that it is time for the state to decommission the pipeline.
August 3, 2017
Kaye LaFond takes a look at Coke, Pepsi, and other bottlers of Michigan's water in this story. Concerns are expressed about diversions of water outside of the Great Lakes Basin and the privatization and commodification of water.
Joint Fundraising Event with Groundwork Center at Betsie Bay Furniture
August 3, 2017
On Thursday, a group of area residents and visitors gathered at Betsie Bay Furniture in Frankfort, Michigan, to learn about the status of Line 5 and the 64-year-old pipelines pushing nearly 23 million gallons of oil through the heart of the Great Lakes. In this short audio clip (produced by Leslie Hamp, Frankfort), many shared their thoughts, concerns and why they are imploring Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney Bill Schuette to Shut Down Line 5. Take a listen to the Voice of the People.