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An Engineer's Perspective on the Flint Water Crisis
August 2, 2016, at 2 p.m.
Flint, Mich., has been in the news for two years now as media and policymakers examine lead levels in the town's water supply. Now, hear from a doctoral student with the Virginia Tech Water Study Team, who has been on the ground in Michigan since the beginning of the crisis, as she discusses where Flint stands today and the progress that needs to happen going forward. The water study team was awarded ASPA's prestigious Public Integrity Award this past March for its tremendous work related to this crisis. One of the few trusted sources of information, you'll hear from this expert about how public administration can affect change—even where public administration goes astray.
Rebekah Martin, Doctoral Student, Virginia Tech Water Study Team
Rebekah is from Richmond, Va., and received her BS in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Bucknell University. Three months after graduation, she began her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and has been working toward that degree at Virginia Tech ever since. Her research experience includes detection of disinfection byproduct precursors in surface waters, spatial analysis of hydraulic fracturing waste transport routes and opportunistic pathogen proliferation in plumbing systems. The research group at Virginia Tech was alerted to the water issues in Flint by a concerned mother whose water lead concentrations coming from her kitchen tap reached a concentration of more than 13,000 parts per billion. After surveying 270 homes across the city and finding a 90th percentile value greater than the EPA actionable lead level, the team knew they had to help the people of Flint by listening to their concerns, providing more data to citizen scientists, and studying the impacts of water age and water quality on their distribution system.