Upcoming 2021 Events

March 10 from noon to 1:00 p.m. EST — FLOW Webinar: Deep Threats to Our Sixth Great Lake. Spotlighting and Solving Michigan’s Groundwater Emergency

Out of sight and therefore out of mind, Michigan’s groundwater faces deep threats, including contamination in thousands of places by everything from failing septic systems to industrial chemicals. A Zoom webinar hosted by FLOW on Wednesday, March 10, from noon to 1 p.m. EST, will provide insight and commentary on the state of Michigan’s groundwater and what can be done to better protect  the source of drinking water for 45% of Michigan’s population. In addition, invited speakers will make presentations on critical issues related to groundwater quality and quantity. Click here to register.

FLOW Senior Advisor Dave Dempsey will discuss FLOW’s new report, Deep Threats to our Sixth Great Lake. The second of FLOW’s reports on Michigan groundwater, Deep Threats proposes a Groundwater Protection Act as a remedy to the widespread contamination of this vital resource. 

Co-presenters will include:

  • Carrie Jennings, Policy and Research Director for the Freshwater Society, a Minnesota-based nonprofit that has received a grant from the Joyce Foundation for research on groundwater governance in some of the Great Lakes states. The Society will complete an analysis of current law, policy, and practice that highlights the key policies and tools needed for sustainable management of groundwater as part of the water system in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, and will include outreach to, and convening of, interested state and tribal groundwater staff. 
  • Dr. Alan Steinman, the Allen and Helen Hunting Director of the Robert B. Annis Water Research Institute at Grand Valley State University will discuss an upcoming Michigan groundwater summit and the findings and implications of a study of rising chloride levels in Ottawa County groundwater.


March 21 at 5:00 p.m. EDT: “What the Eyes Don’t See” Virtual Conversation with Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

Join Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, author of What the Eyes Don’t See, and FLOW executive director Liz Kirkwood for a virtual conversation on Sunday, March 21, at 5:00 pm EDT for a discussion about crisis, resistance and hope in an American city. This Zoom event is hosted by the Benzonia Public Library in collaboration with FLOW, the Michigan Humanities Council, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Register here for this free event.