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.