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.

Jim Ananich at podium
Michigan Senate Democrats

There are already three investigations looming to learning more about the Flint water crisis.  State Senator Jim Ananich wants another. Current State talks to Ananich about that and the road funding plan he's calling a "sham."

Darnell Earley photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Twice, Delta Township resident Darnell Earley has been appointed as an Emergency Manager in Michigan: once in Flint and currently in the Detroit Public Schools. Current State talks with Earley about the Flint water switch and why he thinks the legislature should pass the Governor’s Detroit schools funding plan.


State capitol
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On the last weekday of every month, Current State reviews the top Michigan political stories. Our guests are Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and michigan.com, and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News.


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We talk to Great Lakes commentator Gary Wilson about October’s biggest environmental stories, including Flint’s water crisis and how Canada’s recent election could impact the Great Lakes.

Dan Wyant photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has been feeling the heat not just over high levels of lead in Flint’s drinking water, but for denying there was a problem in the face of evidence. Current State speaks with DEQ Director Dan Wyant.


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Michigan officials are admitting they have “changed paths” regarding the safety of drinking water in Flint.  A state government effort is now underway to address unsafe levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.  

Late last week, Genesee County health authorities declared a public health emergency after learning that drinking water in some parts of the city contains several times the levels of lead it should.   Lead poses a variety of serious health risks, especially to young people.

Reports say tens of thousands of homes in the city have lead issues.

Satellite image of Great Lakes
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At the end of each month, Current State checks in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we look at the latest developments in Flint’s drinking water problems, hear about a conference on toxic algae blooms, and look at what the outcome of a U.S. Supreme Court case could mean for Michigan’s energy policy.

Satellite image of Great Lakes
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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we look at how a lawsuit in Iowa could have implications for the Great Lakes, the latest in Flint’s water woes, and the problems that microfibers are causing for Great Lakes fish.

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