Welcome to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Joint letter from Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative Mayors calling for compromise on a COVID-19 package with financial relief for cities and towns.

We are writing on behalf of nearly 150 mayors from across America’s heartland to implore you to reach a compromise on a new COVID-19 package that provides urgently needed financial relief to cities and towns that have borne the brunt of the impact from the pandemic. Our citizens are looking for action from Washington and we urge you to come through in this time of need.   View letter.

URGENT – State Deadlines and Contacts for Applications Under FEMA’s Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program

View the pre-application/letter of intent deadlines for each state under the BRIC program.

Stimulus Water Restoration Initiative – A campaign to bring stimulus funding to your municipality

On July 6, 2020, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative will be launching the campaign to advocate for financial resources to address these needs and ensure your city can receive stimulus funds to put your citizens back to work and to improve your community and the water basin.  View the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative website for information on how you and your council can build support for investments in water infrastructure and coastal resilience.

Don't forget Great Lakes in the stimulus package, group tells Congress

Tom Henry, The Blade
September 7, 2020

The Chicago-based Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is making a special plea to Congress for communities within the Great Lakes watershed to get more help delivering clean, healthy water as the coronavirus pandemic continues.  Read more…

Eager to head back to the lakefront?

Patrick M. O'Connell, Chicago Tribune
June 19, 2020

Lake nearing record high: “The lake is nearly 3 feet higher than usual and approaching the historical high, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.”  Read more…

June 26, 2019

The Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative, where scientific research, sustainable agriculture and land management meet.


We welcome our new Chair of the Board of Directors, Mayor Michael Vandersteen, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. We look forward to protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River under his guidance.

Mayor Michael Vandersteen
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Chair, Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative