Policy Meets The People Special — Water

Jake Neher hosts a panel discussion of issues related to water quality and access.

Laura Weber-Davis, WDET

Water is the most basic element of life.

And, one could argue, it’s the most basic thing government provides.

Water is especially central to living here in Michigan, where we’re surrounded by one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world. And yet, we struggle here to ensure Michiganders have access to clean and affordable drinking water. Think of the Flint Water Crisis, other major contamination problems such as industrial chemicals in ground water and major oil spills, and water shutoffs right here in Detroit.

What is the role of government in making sure water is safe and affordable? That’s what this special conversation digs into. Host Jake Neher speaks with activists, experts and public officials, and live in-studio audience members made up of stakeholders.

Panelists include:

— Nick Leonard, staff attorney with Great Lakes Environmental Law Center

— Jim Nash, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner

— Guy Williams, president and CEO of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

— Monica Lewis-Patrick, co-founder of We The People of Detroit, an advocacy group that focuses on issues of poverty, including access to clean and affordable water

To hear the show, click on the audio player above.

Check out all of WDET’s water coverage for the Policy Meets the People series.