The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC) has called on the City of Milwaukee to replace 70,000 lead service lines primarily concentrated in the central city, saying poor and minority children are at the highest risk of suffering damaging effects.
Calip Stephens sits on small pier in a hidden boat landing in Harbor View just off Lake Michigan on an early Friday morning. Stephens is up before the sunrise and, it seems, before the fish, as well; his two poles, two lines cast, heed no bites. Stephens was born in 1950 in East Chicago, Indiana, about 15 miles outside Gary. Back then, he says, the fishing was a little easier. “Oh, it was boomin’, the livin’ was nice,” he says.