Federal court orders the state to deliver bottled water and inform residents about lead contamination in Flint’s drinking water

“In modern society, when we turn on a faucet, we expect safe drinking water to flow out. As the evidence shows, that is no longer the case in Flint. The Flint water crisis has in effect turned back the clock to a time when people traveled to central water sources to fill their buckets and carry the water home.” – U.S. District Court Judge David M. Lawson, Opinion and Order Granting Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary... Read more →

The Flint Water Crisis, KWA and Strategic-Structural Racism – Guest post by Professor Peter Hammer

The following guest post is by my colleague Professor Peter Hammer, Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne Law. In his testimony before the Michigan Civil Rights Commission last week, Professor Hammer offers an explanation of the causes and methods behind the Flint water crisis that goes far deeper than the standard account. (The Flint Water Crisis, KWA and Strategic-Structural Racism is also available on SSRN.) He explains why and... Read more →

Transnational Environmental Law Clinic Comments on Proposed Wastewater Treatment Plant

The following student post is by David Furman (B.S. Accounting, Oakland University, J.D., Wayne State University Law School, expected 2015). While in law school, David has clerked at a mid-sized law firm and is currently employed in the regulatory department of an international electrical transmission corporation. David is working as a student attorney this semester in the Transnational Environmental Law Cling. Also, special thanks to former Clinic student Andew Gonyea who worked on this project... Read more →

My new book, Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public Rights, and Environmental Protections, has been published by Foundation Press and is available on Amazon. I was honored to work with two superb co-authors on this book - Robert Adler, Interim Dean and James I. Farr Chair in Law, and Robin Kundis Craig, William H. Leary Professor of Law, both at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. Modern Water Law: Private Property, Public... Read more →

Water access and shut-offs in Detroit: a legal analysis – guest post by Matthew Clark

Water affordability and access is a complex and contentious issue, even in regions that enjoy a relative abundance of freshwater. Widespread poverty, state tax policy, and years of infrastructure underinvestment have made water shut-offs a pressing challenge in Detroit. This guest post by Matthew Clark summarizes the legal issues and offers some suggestions for policy reform. Matt will be graduating from Wayne Law this spring, and his experience includes clerking with a local law firm,... Read more →

MI H2Objective Conference: Research Shaping Michigan’s Water Future

This week, Wayne State University is hosting an exciting interdisciplinary water conference organized by the University Research Corridor – an alliance between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. The MI H2Objective Conference - Research Shaping Michigan’s Water Future will take place on September 29 and 30 in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center and Community Arts Auditorium on the Wayne State University campus. The conference “aims to connect scientists, researchers, and... Read more →