Dear friend of FLOW,

As summer winds down, we at FLOW find ourselves not only celebrating our fresh waters with you, but also striving together to protect those waters for the common good. 

On the celebratory side, we hope you will join us and our friends at the National Writers Series at 7 p.m. on Thursday when Jerry Dennis and FLOW senior policy advisor Dave Dempsey—two of Michigan’s finest environmental authors—will take the stage at the Traverse City Opera House for a conversation about the stories they tell in their books and how we can keep the Great Lakes great for generations to come. Here’s an exclusive preview of their conversation.

The public reception at 6:00 p.m. will provide a chance to meet the authors and FLOW staff, who will be sharing information on how to get involved in the movement to keep our fresh water public and protected. The reception will include light appetizers, live music, a cash bar, and art displayed by Glenn Wolff, who beautifully illustrates Jerry Dennis' books. And because you are a friend of FLOW, be sure to use the special "Save5" promo code for $5 off in-person tickets purchased online, by phone, or at the City Opera House. Get your in-person or livestream tickets today!

The resources and public awareness that we raise help supercharge our shared efforts to keep water public and protected. In just the last week, we sounded the alarm on a Line 5 court decision with troubling implications for the Great Lakes and due process, with our comments receiving widespread media coverage, and pointed to upcoming public meetings on the ill-conceived oil tunnel proposed for the Great Lakes. See our updated Line 5 program web page for more information on the dangerous Line 5 pipelines and the proposed tunnel, including our new fact sheet and recent livestream recording.

In our work, we point to real solutions, which include long-standing efforts to control sea lamprey in the Great Lakes and clear signs of progress and hope for the environment. We also craft solutions of our own, such as our model legislation, which the New York State Senate has just amended and introduced—the Public Water Justice Act—to prohibit the bottling and sale of the state’s waters without a license and require anyone profiting from the sale of public water to pay into a fund to protect New York’s watersheds.

And we float big ideas, such as declaring Michigan’s more than 38,000 square miles of Great Lakes surface area and underlying submerged lands to be a new state park “officially open to all, for enjoyment by all.” 

We hope to see you soon—at the shore, our events, and our door at 440 West Front Street in downtown Traverse City.

In solidarity,

Liz Kirkwood
Executive Director


  • Please help us spread the word: FLOW Is Hiring a Communications Manager and a Development Manager. Both full-time positions are based at FLOW’s downtown office in Traverse City, Michigan, and may include a hybrid remote-work option. Occasional nights and weekends are required for events and other gatherings. Click here to read the full job descriptions and learn how to apply.
  • We are sending a big shout out to Traverse City native Jake Bright, who this morning completed a 6.91-mile solo swim across Lake Michigan's Manitou Passage to the lighthouse on South Manitou Island in the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore for charity, with 100% of donations benefitting FLOW and the North Manitou Light Keepers. You can still support the cause here
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