FLOW is launching the initiative with the assistance of a team of graduate students from the University of Michigan, supervised by Dr. Paul Seelbach. These students, whose expertise spans several disciplines, will meet with community stakeholders, review area communities’ water-related policies and practices, research best practices from around the country and world, and work with FLOW to produce recommendations defining what constitutes a Blue Community while providing a road map on how to get there locally—and ultimately all around the Great Lakes.
Help communities value and know their water systems and use public trust law to move forward on their own before they are forced to respond to crisis
Foster creative, effective, educational programs and public communication processes that ensure economic and social progress rooted in green infrastructure, ecological knowledge and values, and wards off the threat of urban sprawl
Empower residents, leaders and decision makers in the Great Lakes Basin to be well informed and collaborative stewards
Origins of the Blue Communities Project
Originally developed by the Council of Canadians,
"The Blue Communities Project encourages municipalities and Indigenous communities to support the idea of a water commons framework, recognizing that water is a shared resource for all, by passing resolutions that:
- Recognize water and sanitation as human rights.
- Ban or phase out the sale of bottled water in municipal facilities and at municipal events.
- Promote publicly financed, owned, and operated water and wastewater services."