The University of Michigan will hold a special Wolverine Caucus forum on the Flint water crisis on March 8 at 11:30 am on the first floor of the Christman Building/MML Building, 208 N. Capitol in Lansing.
U-M professors Martin Kaufman (UM-Flint) and Terese Olson (UM-Ann Arbor) will share their expert research and efforts currently being employed to aid the city in confronting the serious issues that must be addressed in the weeks and years to come.
Dr. Martin Kaufman, who is leading efforts to map Flint’s lead pipe network as the city seeks ways to quickly remediate its aged and damaged infrastructure, will share the challenges faced by older communities with respect to lead (Pb) contamination in their water supply, and the infrastructure modifications required to minimize the risks from lead.
Dr. Terese Olson, an environmental engineer who is expert in drinking water, water disinfection, and disinfection byproducts, will discuss the long-term performance of point-of-use activated carbon filters now being used in Flint households to improve the water quality. Her greatest concern is that new paradigms be developed to protect potable water quality into the future.
Wolverine Caucus members are U-M alumni working in and around state of Michigan government, including legislators, lobbyists, staff and advisors who meet with U-M experts on timely, relevant public policy subjects during the legislative session.