What the Eyes Don’t See

A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City (Flint, MI)


The book chronicles the Flint Water Crisis and its impact on local residents, especially children. The panel will examine three key aspects of the water crisis.

Michigan Humanities Council choice for the 2019-20 Great Michigan Read

Location: Portage Lake District Public Library Community Room, Houghton
Cost: FREE. Open to the community

4:30-6:30 pm, Wednesday, January 29

4:30 pm – Taking it Back to the Classroom: Pipe Corrosion, Pollution Dilution, Drinking Water on Tap, Fruitvale Investigation of Groundwater Contamination, and Water Treatment

5:30 pm – Investigate surface and ground water quality online:

  • Drinking water well logs,
  • Your Community’s Water Quality Consumer Confidence Report,
  • Do other cities have similar lead issues?
  • Contaminated sites (soil, groundwater, and sediments) with pollutants from a variety of sources
  • Leaking landfills with groundwater contaminated by a variety of pollutants.
  • Leaking underground storage tanks commonly from gas stations and include volatile organic compounds (VOCs), such as benzene, ethyl benzene, toluene, and xylenes.
  • What is the most polluted zip code in Michigan?

6:00 pm – Planning and Collaboration

6:25 pm - Complete evaluation form.

6:30 pm - Workshop ends

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Co-sponsored by the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach, Western UP MiSTEM Network, and the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative with funding from the Michigan Humanities Council.

Wednesday, January 29 at 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Portage Lake District Library, 58 Huron St., Houghton, MI 49931, Community Room

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