2014 Water Festival

Benzie Community Water Council Hosts the 2014 Water Festival:


Friday, April 25th

Noon to 5:00pm @ Platte River Elementary School KID TIME with the return of live amphibians, Marlene Wood’s Recycling Corner, and Kid’s Science Fair.

Saturday, April 26th

6:00pm-9:00pm @ GARDEN THEATER with keynote speaker, panel discussions, and music.

The mission of the Benzie Community Water Council is to ensure that the waters of the county and the northwest corner of the state remain subject to the public trust doctrine, and are thus preserved and protected for the common good of the peoples and ecosystems they serve. It is our intent to work with any citizen groups and government entities committed to the common purpose of maintaining safe, clean and plentiful water for the equitable use of people, animals and plants.

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Phragmites Project

Slowly but surely, we’re headed for a “maintenance” process of the invasive reed, phragmites, on Bestie Bay. Anytime I’m headed toward Elberta I always take a “rubber-necking” gander to see how the phragmites stands we’ve been working on are changing. Good news, THEY ARE…. Many are only re-sprouting from within the deeper stands, and each year, we’re  attracting more property owners on the bay side of Lake Street to sign up for treatment, which helps radically! There’s another interloper, the invasive cattails (Typha angustifolia), which are glad for the reduced competition and clearly are expanding into the former phragmites infestation areas. Not so great when any monoculture takes over an area but clearly cattails are less detrimental to the ecosystem as compared to phragmites. A constant reminder in this process is the long term need to continue our efforts because the Betsie River is quite infested with phragmites stands and this means we’ll be constantly looking at new outbreaks. This year we gained two new property owners and the Grand Traverse Band of Chippewa and Ottawa Indians. THANK YOU to ALL the property owners that have invested in the value of treatment for the healthy ecosystems on their properties!

Green Fire Film Project – April 19th

The GREEN FIRE Film Project

…with NM Michigan Invasive Species Network…

“Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time”
Saturday, April 19th 4:00-6:00pm
@ Frankfort’s GARDEN THEATER
$5 Suggested DONATION

The Friends of Betsie Bay are pleased to host a  joint community effort with our partners, the NW Michigan Invasive Species Network/ISN, for an afternoon showing of an excellent documentary film project focusing on the challenges and necessity of conservation efforts and the joint efforts of ISN and the Friends of Betsie Bay with a brief intermission panel discussion of area experts. ISN is a part of the Michigan Invasive Species Coalition and their mission is “Protecting, enhancing, and promoting Northwest Michigan’s natural communities through terrestrial invasive plant management and outreach.”
Check out their website: habitatmatters.org.

Aldo Leopold is considered by many as the father of wildlife management and of the United States’ wilderness system. He was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer, and outdoor enthusiast. Leopold’s collection of essays, A Sand County Almanac, is one of the most respected books about the environment ever published. The documentary, Green Fire, was produced in partnerships with the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the Center for Humans and Nature, and the US Forest Service. Green Fire describes the formation of Leopold’s
idea, exploring how it changed one man and later permeated through all arenas of conservation. The film draws on Leopold’s life and experiences to provide context and validity, then explores the deep impact of his thinking on conservation projects around the world today. Through these examples, the film challenges viewers to contemplate their own relationship with the land community. See: greenfiremovie.com.

July 20, 2013 FLOW Summertime Soiree event

FLOW (“For Love of Water”), the Great Lakes Basin’s only public trust policy and education center, will host our first annual Summertime Soiree Fundraiser event at Betsie Bay Furniture in Frankfort, Michigan.

FLOW welcomes community members and guests of all ages to join us on Saturday July 20, 2013 from 6-8pm for a FREE evening of music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a brief presentation by FLOW President and Chair, Jim Olson.

Guests will enjoy performances by several musicians including Interlochen Arts Academy cello instructor, Crispin Campbell; pianist, Jimmy Olson; published author and Interlochen creative writing instructor, Michael Delp; and professional harpist, Becky Somsel.
Great Northern Roasting Company will debut their new coffee Beans4Blue, inspired by FLOW’s work to protect the Great Lakes.
Though this is a free event, as a fundraiser there will be opportunities throughout the evening where interested persons can make a donation to FLOW.