The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint River. In April 2014, the city of Flint began drawing from the river for its water supply.
Credit Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

WKAR coverage of the water crisis facing the city of Flint, Michigan. Includes reporting from Current State, Off the Record and WKAR media partners.

Dr. Janet Stout photo
Courtesy photo / Special Pathogens Lab

The state of Michigan is under fire over information contained in newly released emails that show a less than urgent response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ Disease in Flint. 

BWL lends expertise to Flint pipe replacement plan

Feb 12, 2016
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Lansing Board of Water and Light

The Lansing Board of Water & Light’s replaced a lot of lead water pipes in recent years. In the process, they’ve perfected a method they say can help Flint replace thousands of its lead service lines more quickly. 

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Courtesy photo / Ron Dzonkowski

Many are asking why media weren’t more on top of the Flint water crisis. We talk to Ron Dzonkowski, columnist for the Detroit Free Press and board member of the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, about the cloudiness of Michigan’s sunshine laws.


Off the Record 2/12/16 | Ep. 4533

Feb 11, 2016

Topics: Governor Snyder releases budget.  How much is going to Flint?  Guest: Pollster, Steve Mitchell from Mitchell Research.

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Courtesy photo / Fieger Law

Attorney Geoffrey Fieger has filed a $100-million lawsuit against the state of Michigan and McClaren Flint Hospital over the outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Fieger about the suit.


Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team photo
Courtesy photo / Virginia Tech Flint Water Study team

Virginia Tech water scientist Marc Edwards has emerged as one of the heroes of the Flint water crisis.

Off the Record 2/5/16 | Ep. 4532

Feb 4, 2016

Topics: Update on Flint water crisis.  Guest: Rebecca Meuninck, Ecology Center.

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Robert Kleine and Jim Ananich
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Flint State Sen. Jim Ananich may be the legislature’s harshest critic of the Snyder administration’s handling of the city’s water crisis. 

View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

The Flint Water Crisis dominated Michigan news in January. Mark Bashore talks with Tim Skubick and Jonathan Oosting


Off the Record 1/29/16 | Ep. 4531

Jan 29, 2016

TOPIC: The panel discusses the Flint water crisis.  Guest: Attorney Dana Nessel hopes to expand the states civil rights law.

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Courtesy of Sloan Museum

Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Todd Slisher, executive director at Flint's Sloan Museum, about their new exhibit exploring the history of the city's water system.

bottled water
Daniel Orth / Flickr

Current State speaks with Ginna Holmes, director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, and  Jamie-Lee Venable about HelpforFlint.com.

As state, federal and local officials continue working to gain more control of the Flint water crisis, Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Dr. Eden Wells, the chief medical executive for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The Flint water crisis is an environmental story that highlights the risks of taking natural resources like drinking water for granted.


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