Lyndsey Gilpin is a freelance journalist based in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. She is the editor of Southerly, a weekly newsletter about ecology, justice and culture in the American South. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, High Country News, Vice, InsideClimate News, Harper’s, and more.
Martin County, Kentucky is raising water rates even though residents only have intermittent access to clean water. Coal mining and years of neglect are to blame, but it’s still not clear how the problem will get fixed.