Cities Stand United with Flint, Mich.


The resolution urges Congress to provide direct assistance to Flint, asks the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to resolve the drinking water crisis, and calls on the entire federal government to support economic recovery in the city. 

NLC is also calling on Congress and the administration to support robust funding for all water infrastructure mechanisms, including the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund programs and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.

"The true tragedy is that the families-and children-impacted by the lead contamination in Flint will endure long-term education and mental health impacts," said National League of Cities President Melodee Colbert-Kean, councilmember, Joplin, Mo. "The federal government must make a long-term commitment to help these families with the challenges that lie ahead."

"The Flint drinking water crisis is unconscionable and unacceptable. Cites stand in solidarity with Flint, and the National League of Cities stands united with all American cities in the need to update our nation's deteriorating water infrastructure," said National League of Cities CEO and Executive Director Clarence E. Anthony. "We must invest in the infrastructure our communities depend on. We need the federal government to step up, and work with cities to make sure there will never again be another disaster like in Flint."

"The tragic events in Flint are a wake-up call for the nation. Policies that ignore critical infrastructure needs result in a shameful disinvestment in our cities, leading to problems like we are experiencing in Flint," said Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League. "The Michigan state government has shorted communities $7 billion in revenue since 2000. The Flint crisis is the latest result of this ruinous policy."

Access to clean drinking water is fundamental for the health and well-being of America's communities and families. Lead-contaminated drinking water can have permanent and long-term effects on mental health, IQ and development, particularly in infants and children.

There is an urgent need to invest in our aging water infrastructure nationwide. The EPA estimates the U.S. water infrastructure capital needs to be approximately $720 billion over the next 20 years.

Click here for the full resolution.

Flint Water Crisis

The #FlintWaterCrisis is “about a state turning its back on urban centers.” – Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO, Michigan Municipal League #DemDebate

Posted by National League of Cities on Sunday, March 6, 2016

 

Resources & More

  • Take action in support of Flint and communities with aging water systems nationwide.

  • Watch NLC's Capitol Hill Briefing on the Flint Water Crisis and infrastructure in America.

  • Read commentary on the Flint Water Crisis from Michigan Municipal League Executive Director & CEO Dan Gilmartin.

  • Read NLC's call to action to 2016 presidential candidates on the Flint Water Crisis.

  • Support the City of Flint by visiting their website.