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Thirst for Truth: Who's to Blame for Flint's Water Crisis?

Friday, October 02, 2015 By Kate Levy and Curt Guyette, ACLU of Michigan | Video Report
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In April 2014, while under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager who had nearly complete control over all decisions regarding operation of the city, Flint, Michigan, left the Detroit water system and began using the Flint River as its primary source of municipal water. It was a purely money-saving decision that has proved to be a total disaster. There have been severe problems with the city's water ever since the switch was made. Recently, independent researchers have found high levels of lead in both the water and the city's children.

In this documentary city officials are asked hard questions about who is responsible for this catastrophic decision and the public health crisis that it led to.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Curt Guyette

Curt Guyette has been an investigative journalist for more than 30 years. He currently works for the ACLU of Michigan, covering issues involving emergency management and open government.

Kate Levy

Kate Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist currently based in Detroit. She received her master in fine arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She teaches in the Fine Art department at Wayne State University.

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Thirst for Truth: Who's to Blame for Flint's Water Crisis?

Friday, October 02, 2015 By Kate Levy and Curt Guyette, ACLU of Michigan | Video Report
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In April 2014, while under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager who had nearly complete control over all decisions regarding operation of the city, Flint, Michigan, left the Detroit water system and began using the Flint River as its primary source of municipal water. It was a purely money-saving decision that has proved to be a total disaster. There have been severe problems with the city's water ever since the switch was made. Recently, independent researchers have found high levels of lead in both the water and the city's children.

In this documentary city officials are asked hard questions about who is responsible for this catastrophic decision and the public health crisis that it led to.

This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license. It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source.

Curt Guyette

Curt Guyette has been an investigative journalist for more than 30 years. He currently works for the ACLU of Michigan, covering issues involving emergency management and open government.

Kate Levy

Kate Levy is a documentary filmmaker, artist and media activist currently based in Detroit. She received her master in fine arts from International Center of Photography-Bard College in 2013. She teaches in the Fine Art department at Wayne State University.