We have had a number of reminders last year about the importance of water as a vital resource. Certainly Flint comes to mind, but there has also been a devastating drought and wild fires in California and more recently the same problems in the Southeastern US. Michigan is certainly blessed surrounded by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes and what appears to be ample ground water. However, there is a controversy concerning the bottled water operations of Nestle in Stanwood and other Michigan cities. Nestle pays virtually nothing to extract billions of gallons of water from Michigan aquifers.