Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019

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Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)


School of Media Arts and Design


Alexandra M. Vilela

Nan Zheng

Mike Grundmann


Flint, Michigan, switched its drinking water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River in April 2014 to cut costs after a projected deficit. When an accumulation of lead and bacteria contamination was discovered over a year after the switch, Michigan was declared to be in a Federal State of Emergency. This case study investigates the events and actions leading to both the water contamination and public exposure of the crisis, as well as explores how the constituents responded and continue to be impacted by the events.



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