Flint Water Crisis InfoPlaylist

May 19, 2016 at 3:30 pm Leave a comment

24161042699_f27316d37d_zIn April 2014, the city of Flint, Michigan switched their water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River and nine months later, city officials admitted that Flint’s new water source was contaminated with lead and other toxic chemicals. The impact of this decision on residents’ health resulted in a national examination of the political, social, and economic situations that contributed to Flint’s contaminated water. This infoPlaylist created by four students in Deborah Shaller’s English 102 class (Natalie Goffney, Jennaliese Lu, Emma Peak, and Meredith Wood) and edited by Librarian Joyce Garczynski will provide background information on the city of Flint, analyses of what caused the crisis, the health and social effects of the water, how the government has responded, and what the future holds for Flint.

Demographics and History of Flint, Michigan:

  • A U.S. Census Bureau report providing some demographics of Flint residents such as age, sex, and ethnicity/race
  • A 2013 Policy.Mic story about violence in Flint, Michigan
  • An examination of Flint’s economic history from MSNBC‘s 2011 Geography of Poverty series

Analyses of What Caused the Flint Water Crisis:

  • A Verge article about how the Flint River became toxic
  • An article from The New Yorker about Flint and the long struggle against lead poisoning in the city and across the country
  • A look at the role that infrastructure played in Flint from The Atlantic
  • An opinion piece in The Atlantic by two political science professors about the role that distrust in government played in causing the situation in Flint

How the Crisis Unfolded:

  • A step-by-step look at how the Flint water crisis unfolded from National Public Radio
  • A portal with The New York Times‘ coverage of the Flint Water Crisis
  • The New York Times provides a press release from a Flint official describing the switch to the  new water source
  • A Mother Jones article about LeeAnne Walters and how she brought the Flint water crisis to light
  • The blog of the Virginia Tech research team who played a role in uncovering the Flint crisis
  • A look at how the crisis played out on social media from Identity, an award-winning public relations firm

The Health Effects of the Contaminated Water:

  • A series of fact sheets from the Department of Health & Human Services about the chemicals and the illnesses that have presented in Flint
  • An article from The Guardian presents the stories of residents who are feeling the health effects of Flint’s water
  • This CNN article contains a pediatrician’s expertise on the long-term effects of lead exposure

The Community and Lifestyle Effects of the Water:

  • This article in The Washington Post examines the social impact on the community
  • A Michigan Daily report describes the day-to-day life of people affected
  • CNN highlights how the use of water bottles is now standard in Flint

The Government Response to the Crisis:

What Happens Next:

  • The State of Michigan‘s Goals to Strengthen Flint plan
  • A Brandeis University finance professor comments in Fortune Magazine about how the Flint water crisis will impact other U.S. cities
  • A CNN article describing how some of the children in Flint see their futures
  • A news release from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describing how 10 foundations have pledged nearly $125 million dollars to help Flint
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