Flint Water Crisis: Fixing It

Start Date: 
Monday, September 12, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm

STAMPS Auditorium
1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor
Walgreen Drama Center

Martin Kaufman, U-M Flint Earth and Resource Science Department

In April 2014, Flint switched its water source to the Flint River. The switch, along with a combination of other factors, corrupted the city’s water supply infrastructure of old lead pipes and dumped lead into the drinking water. Since then, city and state officials have been under a microscope in terms of how they will fix the problem while Flint residents struggle with the long-term impacts daily, especially the effects of lead on children’s health.

With a background in urban planning, geography and environmental science, Dr. Martin Kaufman stepped up to map Flint's water infrastructure to order to provide the information needed to start replacing the poisonous pipes. His research and the work of U-M Flint's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Center estimated that more than 8,000 lead service lines exist in Flint.

Learn about how Dr. Kaufman and his team conducted their research, what progress has been made to date and how Flint is a wake-up call for other older cities across the U.S.

A panel discussion of environmental, fiscal and human costs of outdated water infrastructure follows Kaufman's lecture.

Panel members include:

  • Larissa Larsen, U-M Urban and Regional Planning and Natural Resources
  • Nancy Love, U-M Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Shawn McElmurry, Wayne State University Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Margaret Dewar, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning (moderator)


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