Residents in Flint, Mich., have been protesting how the state and city have handled the water crisis since Flint made the big switch and started pumping its drinking water from the Flint River. Credit: Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

This week, we asked what you wanted to know about the situation in Flint, Michigan, where the drinking water for thousands of residents has been contaminated with dangerously high levels of iron and lead.

We then took your questions to Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith. Her radio documentary, “Not Safe to Drink,” tells the full story behind the water crisis in Flint and was the centerpiece of our latest radio episode.

Using the hashtag #AskFlint on Twitter, Smith offered an on-the-ground perspective about the events that brought the city to a state of emergency and the challenges it may face as officials work to address residents’ toxic water. Here’s a recap of her answers to the questions we received on social media:

Byard Duncan is a reporter and producer for  engagement and collaborations for Reveal. He manages Reveal’s Reporting Networks, which provide more than 1,000 local journalists across the U.S. with resources and training to continue Reveal investigations in their communities. He also helps lead audience engagement initiatives around Reveal’s stories and assists local reporters in elevating their work to a national platform. In addition to Reveal, Duncan’s work has appeared in GQ, Esquire, The California Sunday Magazine and Columbia Journalism Review, among other outlets. He was part of Reveal’s Behind the Smiles project team, which was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2019. He is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow Awards, a National Headliner Award, an Al Neuharth Innovation in Investigative Journalism Award, and two first-place awards for feature storytelling from the Society of Professional Journalists and Best of the West. Duncan is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.