The Great Lakes Bay Region of Michigan is a vibrant and beautiful area filled with small towns, picturesque lakeshores, thick woods, and beautiful agrarian scenery. Yet, this area is often overlooked and its rich history remains untold. A team of over 40 local writers, app developers, and GIS professionals have come together to change this narrative. Through a state-funded effort, they are creating a series of city narratives, tours, story maps, and photos showcasing the key role this area played in creating Michigan. This project, modeled on 1930s Works Project Administration (WPA) efforts, seeks to unearth hidden gems and untold stories of Bay City, Mid-Michigan, Flint, and the Thumb.
As a result of the corrosive nature of the Flint River water and mismanagement by all of the appointed emergency managers, the Flint city government and by Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality an unknown number of children in Flint, Michigan (estimates are in the 1000’s), were exposed to dangerous amounts of lead in their drinking water over a period of 18 months.
1000’s of individuals from all over the United States converged into Flint Michigan to donate their time and skills to alleviate the disaster of lead contamination with the Flint water system. Here are a couple of things to know that may help you hit the ground running during a major disaster.
In 2016 thre were calls to then Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, to ask Nestle for assistance in bringing bottled water to Flint Michigan.
Flint’s poor and black residents do not have access to safe drinking water due to lead contamination.