Initiatives

Spotlight on the News: Sheboygan, WI Mayor and Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Chair Michael Vandersteen

August 16, 2020 Interview with Chuck Stokes, WXYZ Detroit To view the interview with Sheboygan Mayor Mike Vandersteen, Chair of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative advance your viewer to 13 minutes. They discuss the Sheboygan, the GLSLCI, The need for federal funding assist Cities to deal with… Read More

House Lawmakers Seek $10 Billion for Coastal Restoration

A bipartisan group of Congressional representatives, led by the co-chairs of the House Oceans Caucus, recently called on House leadership to approve $10 billion for coastal restoration programs. The letter was organized by Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) and Don Young (R-Alaska). “As our efforts continue to confront the economic and… Read More

Stimulus Activities Report – Ottawa

Canadian Parliament and Government of Canada update: COVID-19 dramatically changed Parliament’s plans in the Spring of 2020, with most of the debate taking place within a special COVID-19 Committee.  Please plan to speak with your local MP and regional Ministers regarding your community’s water projects.  Materials have been developed for… Read More

Stimulus Activities Report – Washington D.C.

Discussions are underway in Congress on a new economic stimulus package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said recently that the Senate will consider a new package when it returns from its July recess on July 20. He said that the Senate bill would focus… Read More

Cities Initiative Launches Stimulus Water Restoration Initiative, Needs Your Support

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative launched the Stimulus Water Restoration Initiative on Monday, July 6, 2020, calling on federal elected officials in Canada and the United States to include water restoration priorities in any upcoming economic stimulus programs.   Our key message is that our federal governments must… Read More

Cities Initiative Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of mayors from over 130 cities across the basin representing over 17 million people, expresses deep concern over the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to key Great Lakes funding programs. On Monday, the White House released its $4.4… Read More

Mayors Reiterate Support for Great-Lakes-St. Lawrence Biosphere, UNESCO

In June of 2017, the more than 130 member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called on the US and Canadian federal governments to work together to designate the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  The… Read More

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Call for Caution regarding the proposed Chalk River Laboratory Waste Management Facility

Chicago, August 15, 2017 – The mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative issued comments today regarding the proposed Chalk River Laboratory Waste Management Facility. The proposed facility would store low-level radioactive waste and would be located approximately 0.6 miles from the Ottawa River, a major tributary to the St…. Read More

Cities Initiative Urges Congressional Appropriators to Fund GLRI

In a recent letter to Senate and House Appropriations Committees, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative expressed support for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and requested the appropriation of $300 million for the program in the Fiscal Year 2018 appropriations. “Annual investment through GLRI aids in the recovery… Read More

Cities Initiative Board of Directors Announces New President/CAO

The Board of Directors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is pleased to announce the selection of John Dickert as the organization’s next President and Chief Administrative Officer. Dickert will succeed David Ullrich, who will step down from his position this summer as Executive Director after fourteen years… Read More