FLOW Office Closes through at least March 27 in Response to Coronavirus

Dear FLOW supporters —

As the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) intensifies here in the Great Lakes region and beyond, our thoughts are with those everywhere whose health and well-being are impacted.

To ensure the safety of our staff, board, volunteers, and visitors, we have closed our office in downtown Traverse City through Friday, March 27—or longer, if needed, in response to emerging information and rapidly changing circumstances. Our staff members will work remotely during that time to protect themselves and others, consistent with guidance provided by local, state, and national public health experts.

As of March 15, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States. We will alert you to any changes because of the pandemic to our planned events or other activities via email, our website, and Facebook.

During this public health crisis, we at FLOW are reminded how vital water is to our common welfare.

A primary measure to combat coronavirus is to wash one’s hands often with soap and water. But even that simple act of prevention is out of reach for thousands of residents in Detroit and elsewhere in Michigan facing exorbitant water bills and service shutoffs, an unacceptable reality that our founder Jim Olson recently addressed in his blog.

That is just one example of why FLOW’s work must continue in these challenging times to advance policies and programs designed to protect the Great Lakes, groundwater, and safe and affordable drinking water for all. We will continue to keep you informed of our progress and opportunities for you to help make a difference.

Please stay current with our online communications and connect with us by phone at 231-944-1568, or by email at info@flowforwater.org.

Thank you for your continued support as we strive to protect our public waters for the benefit of all of us.

With kind regards.

—FLOW staff

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