The year 2017 is the light at the end of the very dark tunnel that was 2016. It's been a rollercoaster of emotions: 2016 was the year that love died, countless legends passed away, and, you know, Trump happened. Now, it's 2017 and hope for the world is renewed, but not before we address a few unresolved issues. Here's a look at some of the messes 2016 made that we'll have to clean up in 2017.More
The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is far from over. What began in 2014 as a change in the city water supply from Lake Huron to the historically low-quality Flint River led to a state of emergency and public health crisis, CNN reports.
The year 2016 brought some progress, including a visit from President Obama, the implementation of a water pipe replacement program, and a criminal investigation that has charged two state-appointed emergency managers so far, according to the New York Times. Additionally, in November a federal judge ruled that Flint city officials must deliver bottled water to any home that doesn't have a government-verified filter, CNN states.
But for many Flint residents, getting safe drinking water is still a struggle. Here's hoping that every Flint resident gets access to clean drinking water and those responsible for the crisis are held accountable in 2017.
The Dakota Access Pipeline protest at Standing Rock culminated in what was seen as a major victory for the Native American tribe in December—but many fear the victory may be temporary. After thousands protested in North Dakota facing arrest, like Shailene Woodley, a federal judge ruled to halt construction on the pipeline while other routes were explored, the Washington Post reports. But according to CNN, tribal leaders are concerned that the Trump administration and other pipeline supporters will push the project ahead in 2017. In addition, NPR reports some protestors have remained at the site in North Dakota to ensure that the drilling does not continue. Only time will tell how this unfolds in 2017.