Initiatives

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

Cities Initiative Delegation Attends Great Lakes Days in Washington D.C.

The Cities Initiative and its members participated in force at the 2017 Great Lakes Days in Washington D.C., March 14-16, 2017.  This annual event is an opportunity for the Great Lakes region to inform federal government representatives and agency heads of the region’s priorities.  Cities Initiative members in attendance this… Read More

Elimination of Great Lakes Funds Shocks Mayors

Earlier today the Trump Administration released its 2018 budget which eliminates the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). Gutting GLRI from the budget is especially appalling to members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a binational coalition of 128 mayors, given the success of and bipartisan… Read More

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Deeply Concerned about U.S. Budget

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of mayors from over 125 cities across the basin representing over 17 million people, expressed deep concern over draft White House budget cuts that would reduce funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by 97% from $300 million… Read More

Success for the Great Lakes: WIIN Act Signed Into Law By Obama

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is very pleased the United States Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.  WIIN includes many provisions that are critically important to the Great Lakes.  It includes authorization of the… Read More

Cities Initiative Represented at Northland College Water Summit

The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation convened a Water Summit on Oct. 1, 2016 dedicated to “The Future of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.” Experts, including Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Director, Dave Ullrich, gathered on Madeline Island in Lake Superior to examine past successes and… Read More