Uranium-contaminated site collapses into Detroit River

Photo: uranium-contaminated materials spilled into Detroit River (November 2019)

A Detroit property contaminated with uranium and other dangerous chemicals partially collapsed into the Detroit River on Nov. 26, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has confirmed.

The news is especially concerning because the Detroit drinking water intake lines are nearby downriver.

Located next to Historic Fort Wayne and leased by Detroit Bulk Storage, the site known as the Detroit Dock allegedly collapsed under the weight of … [more…]

‘Series of Government Failures’ Blamed for Flint Water Crisis

photo: ‘Series of Government Failures’ Blamed for Flint Water Crisis

Michigan state agencies overseen by Gov. Rick Snyder and a series of emergency managers appointed by the governor are to blame for allowing contaminated water into Flint homes, according to a report released Wednesday. The findings —the most sweeping indictment to date of the role state officials played in creating the crisis—were released as part of the task force’s final report on Flint, where residents were exposed to lead in … [more…]

How Removing Asphalt Is Softening Our Cities

photo: an alley (alleyside) converted from pavement to more-nature-friendly materials

Portland alley advocates estimate there are 76 miles of alleys in their city—all potential green public spaces. This northeast Portland neighborhood is one of many projects reclaiming forgotten concrete pathways for nature and people. Derek Dauphin

Rachel Schutz hated watching the kids play outside, and not because she was a curmudgeon. As director of an after-school program in a Latino neighborhood near Portland, Oregon, she likes the outdoors, the piney … [more…]

Study: Flint’s lead-poisoned water had ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths

photo: Flint resident LaFonzo Williams

Flint resident LaFonzo Williams, 19, prays on Jan. 14, 2016, in Lansing, Mich., amid more than 150 Flint and Detroit residents before heading into the state Capitol to protest Gov. Rick Snyder, asking for his resignation and arrest in relation to Flint’s water crisis. (Jake May/Flint Journal-MLive.com via Associated Press)

The fertility rate in Flint, Mich., dropped precipitously after the city decided to switch to lead-poisoned Flint River water in … [more…]

Detroit: surviving without running water has become a way of life

photo: Mattie McCorkle. In Detroit, surviving without running water has become a way of life

Photo: Southwest Detroit resident Mattie McCorkle explains how she bought a home for $3,000 that came with a sizable water bill. (Bridge photo by Joel Kurth)

DETROIT – On her worst days, Mattie McCorkle admits, she feels “less than a person.”

Once or twice a week, the Detroit mother of three collects her loose change and buckets from her bathtub. She drives to a carwash and fills her buckets.

This … [more…]