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LBC Speaker Series – The Flint Water Crisis

The Flint Water Crisis: How could things go so wrong?

Susan Masten

Tuesday, January 26th, 7:30pm
C-106 Holmes Hall
Michigan State University

“Once a robust city due to a booming automotive industry, Flint MI is now suffering a serious economic decline; so severe that it has compromised public health. The City of Flint is home to 99,002 residents, down from a peak of ~197,000 in 1960. More than 40% of those population live below the poverty line. Due to the dire economic challenges facing the city, an emergency manager was appointed November 29, 2011. For the decade prior, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) has supplied drinking water to the city from Lake Huron. In an attempt to reduce costs, on April 25, 2014, the City of Flint began operation of their own drinking water treatment plant using water from the Flint River as the source. In the subsequent weeks, the drinking water quality for Flint residents plummeted. Residents complained of red colored water. A rapid increase in water use also occurred. This was only the beginning of months of problems that have now lead to the mayor declaring the city a disaster area and requesting State and Federal assistance. What really happened? How could things have gone so wrong?”

Masten

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The History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science Student Association (HPSSA) was founded in January 2012 by students in Lyman Briggs, a residential college for the sciences at Michigan State University. History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science, often shortened HPS, plays an integral part in Lyman Briggs by bridging the sciences and humanities in student education.

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