What Happened to the Water in Flint?

As a soil lover myself, we often find this blog highly focused on all things soils when in reality we are the soil and WATER conservation club. Well I think it is time to embrace the water side of our little organization especially because water has been such a hot topic in the news lately, particularly the news of Flint Michigan’s Water Crisis.

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The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is a disaster and means a lot for public health. So how did a city of 100,000 residents live off of lead contaminated water for over a year? And if this has been happening so long, why is this just becoming national knowledge in 2016?

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Citizens in Flint, MI showing the water that comes out of their tap

Follow the story of some of Flint’s residents to get the story below.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/what-went-wrong-in-flint-water-crisis-michigan/

 

Wanting to read more on this disaster?

This article on restoringemporwerment.org gives a good description of exactly what went wrong through the failings of governmental organizations.

http://www.restoringempowerment.org/so-whats-the-deal-with-flint-michigan/

Want to help?

What we do know is that this is a terrible injustice that has happened to a mainly impoverished community that was denied what should be a basic right. What can you do to help? Well if you’re at the University of Illinois, the African American Culture Center is hosting a Water Drive on February 1st (Checkout the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1393701294270651/).

Below is also some other links you can follow and find out ways to help:

United Way of Genesee County:  Flint Water Fund

GoFundMe campaign: Flint Water Study

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF): Flint Child Health and Development Fund

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