Environmental Justice Report: Water, Health, and Equity – The Infrastructure Crisis Facing Low-Income Communities & Communities of Color – and How to Solve It.
Happy New Year! Please find attached a copy of the recently released environmental report, Water, Health, and Equity – The Infrastructure Crisis Facing Low-Income Communities & Communities of Color – and How to Solve It. This report was released in collaboration with the Clean Water for All Coalition, PolicyLink and the National Resource Defense Council. It offers insight as to why low-income communities and African Americans carry the disproportionate burden of climate change and
deteriorating water infrastructure.
By now you all are familiar with lead contamination that has impacted the city of Flint, Michigan, which is comprised of 50% African Americans. Cases like Flint are happening all over the country. You will read about toxic water that spilled into parts of Lake Erie in August 2014 by a local water plant, causing nearly 500,000 residents to lose their drinking water and sickened over 100 people. Examples such as these happen all too frequently especially in low-income and non-white residential areas. The public should be aware of this environmental injustice.
Thank you for your continued support and input which allows us to give voice to these critical issues that impact our community. Again, a very special thank you to Vedette Gavin for providing her expertise and guidance during this project.
President and CEO