The Flint Water Crisis

A talk by Virginia Tech’s FlintWaterStudy team led by Marc Edwards 

January 28, 2016
7:00 p.m.
Quillen Auditorium, Goodwin Hall

Flint, Michigan is currently in a state of emergency because of unsafe drinking water and a resulting increase in childhood lead poisoning caused by a bad policy decision to save money.

Combining citizen science, laboratory experimentation, investigative reporting and social media, and backed by a National Science Foundation grant, the team of students, led by Dr. Marc Edwards, pulled off an unprecendented scientific “relief effort” that helped expose a widespread lead-in-water problem and galvanized local, state, and federal efforts to protect Flint families and provide them safe drinking water.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact: Courtney Long at 540-231-0981 or

Sponsored by the College of Engineering and the Charles E. Via, Jr. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.