A sampling of recent news coverage involving FLOW
September 15, 2019
New York Times
September 12, 2019
“Honestly it’s quite astonishing that the federal government is considering dialing us back to the standards of 1986,” says Liz Kirkwood, the executive director of For Love of Water (FLOW), a group that works to protect Michigan’s fragile wetlands.
September 10, 2019
International Joint Commission
Poetry and public comments don’t usually go together, especially when it comes to consultations under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The IJC has been holding public meetings this summer to gather input in places like Traverse City, Michigan.
That’s where writer Anne-Marie Oomen of nearby Empire, Michigan, mixed art with sound to deliver a short program on “Love Letters to the Lakes,” enlisting the help of area musicians to deliver a message to Commissioners and others.
September 9, 2019
For a state whose destiny is so intertwined with clean freshwater, it's surprising how Michigan has lagged in treasuring and protecting this resource in the past. Thankfully this has changed, especially in southeast Michigan.
Today, we have an opportunity to put water at the center of our civic life and personal lives. We are the freshwater capital of the world — if we choose to be.
August 22, 2019
MyNorth.com / Traverse Magazine
This is this story of Liz Kirkwood, executive director of the nonprofit FLOW and a protector of the Great Lakes.
First told at the October 2018 Fulfillament Storytelling event in Traverse City and featured in the August 2019 issue of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine.
August 20, 2019
9 & 10 News
With August being National Water Quality month, the staff at For Love Of Water or FLOW in Traverse City is talking about their campaign to keep plastic out of northern Michigan waters.
In fact, according to FLOW, bottled water costs up to 2,000 times more per volume than tap water and 70% of plastic water bottles are not recycled and yet still people drink from them.
August 13, 2019
9 & 10 News
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.