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Stateside: Flint’s lead pipe progress; climate change and the Great Lakes; Rouge River cleanup

Samples of various drinking water pipes.
Rebecca Williams
Michigan Radio
Flint's mayor says that major progress is being made in the effort to replace lead and iron water pipes that contributed to the city's water crisis. But a senior attorney with the NRDC has reservations about the city's approach.

Today on Stateside, a senior attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council expresses concern over the city of Flint's approach to replacing lead and iron water pipes. Plus, what we can learn about education in Detroit from the sudden closure of a charter school in the city just three weeks into this school year. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Attorney for Flint settlement says city can’t continue to dig holes and excavate “willy-nilly”

Stateside’s conversation with Dimple Chaudhary

  • In the nearly three years since a state of emergency was declared in Flint due to lead-contaminated water, the city’s mayor says that nearly 8,000 lead and iron water pipelines have been replaced. Attorney Dimple Chaudhary is with the Natural Resources Defense Council, and is the lead attorney for its settlement that funded Flint's water line work. She tells us about some of her concerns regarding the way that the city of Flint has gone about replacing lead pipes.

In hot water: How climate change is affecting the Great Lakes 

Stateside's conversation with Jenna Jorns

  • The federal government's recently-released National Climate Assessment lays out how climate change is expected to impact different regions of the United States in coming decades. Jenna Jorns is one of the writers of the Midwest chapter of this report, and is the program manager for the Great Lakes Integrated Sciences and Assessments Center. She joined Stateside to talk about some of the specific ways that our changing climate has already affected the Great Lakes, and what impacts the region can expect moving forward.

West MI Mixtape: Dalmatian Stone, The JetBeats, and Roosevelt Diggs

Stateside’s conversation with John Sinkevics

  • John Sinkevics is the editor and publisher of Local Spins. He updates us on the latest in West Michigan music, including Diego Morales’ new band Dalmatian Stone, the British Invasion-inspired group The JetBeats, and Roosevelt Diggs’ new album “Better Days.”
  • Support for arts and culture coverage is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Chalkbeat reporter on how one charter school's closure reflects Detroit's education challenges

Stateside’s conversation with Koby Levin

  • Koby Levin is a reporter with Chalkbeat Detroit. He talks about his latest article on Delta Preparatory Academy for Social Justice, a charter school in Detroit that shut down abruptly in September just three weeks into the school year. Levin explains why the school was on rocky footing from the start, and what its closure tells us about Detroit's education challenges more broadly.

Arborist responds to lame-duck bill prohibiting local bans on tree-cutting

Stateside’s conversation with Lee Mueller

  • Lee Mueller is a certified arborist with the Davey Resource Group, a company that advises cities and companies across the nation on tree management issues. He weighs in ona bill before Michigan’s lame-duck legislature that would stop cities from “prohibiting or restricting the removal of trees or other vegetation” in non-residential areas.

After more than a century as an "industrial toilet," Rouge River’s Old Channel is finally getting cleaned up

Stateside’s conversation with Chris Koleski and Rose Ellison

  • Chris Korleski is the director of the EPA’s Great Lakes National Program Office, and Rose Ellison is that office’s project manager. They joined Stateside to talk about a $50 million project to clean up the River Rouge’s Old Channel, which was heavily contaminated by toxic waste dumped by factories along the river. 

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