Blog Posts

Blog posts by FLOW team and guest writers

The Environment and You: A Summer Data Guide

  Summer’s here.  That means more time outdoors on the water, at the beach and under the sun. With each type of enjoyment comes the need for accurate information to protect against polluted water and air, excessive UV rays and fish contaminants.   Great Lakes recreational risks include: Rip currents. In 2023, 85 people drowned… Read more »

Meet our Summer Legal Interns!

FLOW welcomes anyone who has a passion for environmental policy. Each summer, FLOW seeks out bright, talented interns to assist us with communications, policy, and legal research tasks, supported by The Helen and William G. Milliken Fund For Love of Water. The Milliken Fund is designed to support work that protects the Great Lakes and the public trust… Read more »

Great Lakes and Freshwater Week: June 1-9, 2024

You probably don’t know it, but this first week in June, Michigan is observing Great Lakes and Freshwater Week. It’s certainly appropriate. Michigan has an astounding array of waters. As Governor Whitmer said in her proclamation, “during this week, we encourage Michiganders to learn more about the unique wonders of our Great Lakes and freshwater… Read more »

An Evening for the Great Lakes

Come join us on July 5th for an evening of farm-to-table fare from Epicure Catering, beverages from Baia Estates, Arbor Brewing, and Iron Fish Distillery, and delight in the music of mandolin virtuoso and NPR’s Live From Here host Chris Thile. This event will be hosted by Cherry Basket Farms in Omena, Michigan, located on… Read more »

Take to the Shores with the Beahcomber’s Guide

Our Beachcomber’s Guide to the Great Lakes has some useful information while traveling the shores of the Great Lakes, particularly along the coast of Michigan. With this handy guide in your pocket, you can enjoy the knowledge of public trust and your feet in the water. 

Political Winds Threaten the Mackinac Bridge on its 61st Birthday

Photo credit: Nancy May Happy Birthday to the Mackinac Bridge! Today marks its 61st birthday. The Mighty Mac, as it is affectionately known, opened to traffic on November 1, 1957. Perhaps no other piece of public infrastructure in Michigan evokes the same pride and sense of majesty as does the Mackinac Bridge. It draws tens… Read more »

Line 5 – a Long-Term Asset? Not a Chance in this Century

By Liz Kirkwood and Skip Pruss Substitute Bill SB 1197 continues to be riddled with faulty assumptions and logic that favor and bend towards Enbridge’s private corporate shareholder interests. Most glaring of all is the audacious and misguided underlying assertion that we humans will continue to rely on a fossil fuel based economy over the… Read more »