Oil Spill in the Great Lakes?

How Safe Are The Pipelines?

Two aging pipelines owned by Enbridge Energy run across the Straits of Mackinac on Lake Michigan bottomlands, transporting 23 million gallons of oil daily. A University of Michigan study called it “the worst possible place” in the Great Lakes for an oil spill.

A presentation by Dr. Ed Timm, PhD

“Using Enbridge's own data I calculated that the non-Straits sections of line 5 have, on the average, lost 45% of their wall thickness due to internal and external corrosion.”

Dr. Timm, a retired chemical engineer from Dow Chemical, will discuss the design and condition of Enbridge Line 5 oil pipeline which runs the entire length of Michigan. Carrying oil from Canada and North Dakota, Line 5 traverses at least 45 Michigan waterways before it crosses the St. Clair River to a refinery in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

Tuesday, August 4, 6:30 PM
Charlevoix Public Library
220 W. Clinton St., Community Room B

Sponsored by: Friends of the Jordan River Watershed, WATCH (Water Air Team Charlevoix), NMEAC (Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council), Oil and Water Don’t Mix, Don’t Frack Michigan, FLOW (For Love of Water)

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Friends and Family Remembering Dr. John Richter with Chestnut Tree Planting

Saturday June 6th 2015 FOJ members, friends and family gathered at the FOJ Watershed Center to plant a chestnut tree in remembrance of Dr. John Richter, who passed away one year ago. Dr. Richter was founder and president of Friends of the Jordan for over 20 years. The event provided an opportunity to exchange stories and memories of John.

We are planting this chestnut tree today to remember John and all he accomplished in his life. He was many things to many people, he was a good friend for many of us, a veterinarian, leader in the community, family man, and of course, an environmentalist with a deep love of the Jordan River and its watershed.

Today we take a moment to give him his place in history.....continue reading