Traverse City Record-Eagle

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June 23, 2014

Cheers: 06/23/2014

n To Northwestern Michigan college officials and members of FLOW — For Love of Water — for crafting an upcoming college course dubbed Water Policy and Sustainability.

Traverse City lawyer and water policy expert Jim Olson said the course ultimately will ask the question: “Are we ready for what’s coming in the 21st century.”

Our region is blessed with water resources we too often take for granted. Much of the nation and world would kill for such vast stores of fresh water, and residents of Michigan and much of the Midwest must remain on guard against what inevitably will be strong-arm efforts from elsewhere to tap into this great resource.

Raising awareness through a course at NMC is a smart and worthwhile endeavor.

n To private donors who came up with $35,000 to pay for five water fountains/filling stations sprinkled around Traverse City. The fountains are an innovative, albeit modest approach to stem the flood of plastic water bottles that fill city trash containers. Water will be available for a quick drink or to fill empty bottles. Donors include the National Cherry Festival, Hagerty Insurance, CH2M Hill, at least one anonymous donor and Traverse City mayor Michael Estes and his wife Rhonda.

“The whole idea was to reduce the level of plastic water containers that sit in our public parks,” Michael Estes said.

It’s a good idea that could and should catch on.

nTo local tourism officials for another local plus: the new public bike repair stand located outside the Traverse City Visitor Center off Grandview Parkway . The station includes all the tools necessary for a quick bicycle tune-up, including an air pump, a nice addition to a community with a vibrant bicycling population. The Traverse City Convention & Visitors Bureau Education foundation paid for the repair stand.

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