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Flint Drinking Water Response - U.S. EPA Scientists Work to Get the Lead Out

  • Thursday, May 11, 2017
  • 3:30 PM–5:30 PM
  • Bytwerk Theater, DeVos Communication Center

Peg Donnelly, a biologist with the US Environmental Protection Agency Water Division, shares how the EPA has responded to the drinking water emergency in Flint, MI.

For the past year and a half, the U.S. EPA has been part of the team of federal, state and local agencies working in Flint, MI on the drinking water emergency response. Scientists have been sampling in homes and throughout the community, as well as providing technical assistance at the water plant. Community involvement coordinators and environmental justice professionals have been assisting by communicating with residents and local neighborhood groups to share up to date information, get input and provide training. Much has been accomplished and learned, but there is still more to be done. Come hear about this coordinated response, from an EPA scientist.

After the keynote presentation, student projects in biology, engineering, economics and physics will be on display along with refreshments at the CEAP Poster Session in the DeVos Main Lobby.

Peg Donnelly

Peg Donnelly is a biologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Water Division, in the Chicago regional office. She was the field team lead in the EPA’s Flint emergency response, and continues to work on studies at the Flint water plant and in the community. Peg regularly conducts aquatic studies throughout the Midwest, mostly in lakes, rivers, and streams. She previously worked in the EPA aquatic biology laboratory in Chicago on toxicology studies, and has done research on zebra mussels, goby, Asian carp, and the Upper Mississippi River. Peg is now the Urban Waters regional coordinator and a member of the National Aquatic Resource Monitoring Team, as well as the fish tissue and beach program expert for the region.

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