The city of Flint, Michigan, has been engulfed in a drinking water crisis in recent months. In April 2014 the city temporarily switched its source from Lake Huron to the Flint River, and it was later discovered that the distributed water contained very high levels of lead. This month, Michigan’s governor declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard to help distribute water filters, test kits, and bottled water to residents. And President Barack Obama has signed an emergency declaration that could provide Flint with up to $5 million in federal funds.
What’s behind the crisis? And how will it be resolved? Northeastern experts can answer questions from a range of angles – public health, government, urban planning, chemistry, civil engineering, and more.