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Flint Water Crisis

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Where?   What?  When?   How?


Confused about the current Flint, Michigan water crisis?

Searching for information to help you understand the issues?

Want to know what is being done to help?

What does Flint — the state of Michigan, or the nation — plan on doing to correct the problems?

Do you have questions about the water in Flint, but don’t know where to look?


Hamilton Dam, Flint River (spring, 2013) Flint, Michigan

University of Michigan-Flint librarians have put together a research guide on the Flint Water Crisis, gathering a wide variety of resources on the topic together in one convenient location.

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The resources included in this guide were selected on the basis of their impartiality and factual information provided.

Flint River (Flint, MI) View of Thompson Library from north bank of Flint River.

Open to the general public, the guide can be found on the Thompson Library website under “Subject Guides.”   No login is needed to use this guide or the resources included within the guide.



Flint River in spring. South bank, in front of Thompson Library building, University of Michigan-Flint.

For the convenience of our readers, we include a quick-link to the guide here.

Flint Water Crisis Resource Guide






Flint River Display at Archives in Library



          Flint Water Crisis in Historical Perspective



While the current water crisis involving lead pipes and contaminated water is very much in local, national and international news, water has been an issue in Flint for many years.IMG_2601


Water from the Flint River has always been central to our city, for drinking as well as for other purposes.


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Flint was settled on the banks of the Flint River because of the easy access to fresh water and river transportation it offered, all conveniently located between the settlements of Saginaw and Detroit.


Water continued to be a focus as the logging industry revved up into high gear, with rivers providing quick travel avenues for logs headed to mills to be finished into lumber which would support both shipbuilding and the rise of new cities.


The Crapo lumber mill on the Flint River helped fuel the growth of early industrial Flint.  And the Crapo family, which settled in Flint, went on to bring further industrialization to the area — and the world.



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As industrialization rose, so did contamination of the very water which drew people to Flint from the beginning.


IMG_2594Controversy arose over whether local citizens should rely on water from their river, or bring water in from Detroit long before the failure of aging plumbing infrastructure.







In addition to concerns over water quality, Flint has faced other threats related to our river, such as fires and floods.IMG_2588





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US Army Corp of Engineers worked on solutions to the flooding of the Flint River — late 1970s.

How our city handles its current water  crisis will determine the course of its future, but without doubt the interconnection between the citizenry of Flint, Michigan with the Flint River will continue to be intertwined.


Thompson Library (UM-Flint) and Flint skyline as seen from the Flint River today.