July 19—Mackinac Island Community Update on "Line 5"
Join us at the Mackinac Island Community Hall on Friday, July 19, from noon until 2 p.m. for a Community Update on Line 5 — The Decaying Oil Pipelines, the Proposed Oil Tunnel, the Risk, and the Law.
Great Lakes legal, tribal, and technical experts will present on current legal challenges and risks related to the decaying Line 5 oil pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac and the proposed oil tunnel. The event is sponsored by FLOW and the Mackinac Island Community Foundation.
You'll hear from FLOW experts and Bryan Newland, chairman of the Bay Mills Indian Community, followed by a facilitated community discussion. This presentation is free and open to the public. Refreshments and light lunch will be provided.
July 24—International Joint Commission visits Traverse City
Step In and Speak Out for the Great Lakes.
Join the International Joint Commission and the Grand Traverse region’s key organizations and community members on Wednesday, July 24, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Holiday Inn Resort West Bay Beach. The evening conversation will address water protection in Grand Traverse, Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes. The event includes: a Tribal Welcome from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians; a presentation of "Lake Love Letters" from Anne-Marie Oomen and local writers; a discussion of successes, challenges and opportunities for collaboration to protect the community’s waters, and an opportunity to contribute your views on the health and vitality of Lake Michigan and the Great Lakes. Peter Payette, executive director of Interlochen Public Radio will moderate the conversation.
The International Joint Commission is a US-Canadian treaty organization that seeks to prevent and resolve issues facing the two countries’ boundary waters. Planning partners for this meeting include: Cerulean Center, City of Traverse City, Conservation Resource Alliance, FLOW, Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, Grand Traverse Conservation District, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Inland Seas Education Association, Land and Information Access Association, Leelanau Conservancy, Leelanau Foundation, Manistee Community Foundation, Networks Northwest, Northwestern Michigan College Water Studies Institute, Petoskey Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, The Watershed Center, and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council.