The University of Michigan Biological Station takes pride in its three-prong service mission: to its students, to global science, and to the Great Lakes Region and local communities. This work, particularly the latter, requires engagement with Michigan’s most pressing environmental challenges and with the populations most affected.
Since 2014, no Michigan environmental issue has been more urgent than the ongoing Flint water crisis. Dangerous levels of lead in municipal drinking water have created an immense need for reliable water quality testing and practical intervention.
These needs have not escaped the attention of UMBS Analytical Chemist, Tim Veverica. A conversation with a U-M alumna working on the issue provided the call to action Veverica was looking for.