The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
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WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

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The United Nations recognizes March 22 as World Water Day.  Michigan State University is observing the event with a speaker series.  Dr. Bruno Basso, a University Foundation Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, uses drones to study how seed crops consume water. 

 


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $100 million to help fund infrastructure upgrades in Flint amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

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Civic leaders and health officials in Flint are building a database to track and treat victims of lead-contaminated water.  The whistleblower physician who first spotted the problem in Flint children hopes it will be a vital public health tool.


Flint water probe results in Miller probation

Mar 13, 2017

Former Michigan health official, Corrine Miller, has been sentenced to a year's probation for failing to tell the Flint public about the outbreak of Legionnaires' disease during the city's water crisis.

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Off the Record | March 3, 2017

Mar 3, 2017

Topic: Fallout from failed income tax vote.  Guest: Flint Mayor Dr. Karen Weaver.

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Monday criticized the Snyder administration's decision to no longer help residents and the city with their water bills, a move that will save the state more than $2 million per month.

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The state of Michigan plans to provide Flint residents with water filters and replacement cartridges for about three more years amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

More than 1,700 Flint-area residents and property owners are seeking more than $700 million in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its handling of the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Water filters still necessary in Flint

Jan 26, 2017

A community service official in Flint says he expects residents there to continue using water filters for several years

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MSU’s Broad Art Museum is hosting an exhibition called “Beyond Streaming: A Sound Mural for Flint” through April 23rd. The project unites Chicago artist Jan Tichy with students from Flint Carmen-Ainsworth and Lansing Everett high schools to explore the Flint water crisis together. WKAR’s Scott Pohl has the story.

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A federal judge has rejected Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette’s request to weigh in on a lawsuit related to the Flint water crisis, and said “superficial posturing” might be delaying a resolution.

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 The state of Michigan will oversee construction of a section of water pipeline that will connect Flint to the new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has set a goal of getting Michigan’s population above 10 million people before the next US Census. It was part of the governor’s seventh State of the State address delivered at the state Capitol.


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Lead water pipes remain a concern in cities across Michigan.  Kalamazoo is now increasing its efforts to modify water infrastructure.

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