Webinar Series

2021 Webinars

Funding your Water Projects in the Post-COVID Economy

Thursday, December 16 @ 2:00 pm central/noon eastern
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This webinar will review funding available from the federal government to assist our cities in rebuilding our water infrastructure.

Water Levels Date TBD

You are invited to join us for a webinar addressing climate and water levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. We will share information on:

  • The conditions that contributed to the high water levels
  • The future climate outlook for our region
  • Some of the impacts from high lake levels
  • The typical warnings that occur around the lakes due to high water levels
  • The outlook for the lake levels over the coming year

2021 Past Webinars

Keeping your Water Clean for a Stronger Fishing Industry

Thursday, November 18 @ 2:00pm central | 3:00pm eastern
As a waterfront city, commercial and recreational fishing make up a vital component of the local economy and the wellbeing of our environment. Learn how to protect important habitat to sustain a healthy fishery and vibrant fishing economy for your community.

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Titus Seilheimer, Ph.D., Fisheries Specialist, Wisconsin Sea Grant

Paris Collingsworth, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, Purdue University and Great Lakes Ecosystem Specialist, Illinois Indiana Sea Grant

Leveraging your Waterfront to Transition your Economy

Thursday, October 7 – Your waterfront is a valuable asset. Join us for a discussion on how you can further develop this precious asset to grow your economy.
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Jim Filby Williams, Director of Parks, Properties and Libraries at City of Duluth
Aaron Barter, Director of Innovation and Sustainability at Waterfront Toronto
Kevin Kimmes, U.S. Sector Leader, Municipal Clients at Stantec

American Rescue Plan Act

Thursday, June 17 – The American Rescue Plan Act allocates funding for cities, towns, and villages to get relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, many communities are still unsure about how to access these funds. Please join us for a discussion on ways for communities to access and utilize available funds.
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Progress in Addressing PFAS Contamination in our Waterways

April 29, 2021 – PFAS and related compounds are man-made chemicals that are persistent in the environment and the human body. There is evidence that exposure to PFAS can affect human health. Please join us for a discussion of how the U.S. and Canadian governments are addressing PFAS monitoring, regulation, and clean-up efforts.

Priorities For Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities in the Upcoming Session of Parliament (Canada)

March 22, 2021 – This webinar will review the Cities Initiative's Canadian federal priorities and prospects for advancing them in the upcoming session of Parliament. French interpretation will be provided.
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The Future of the Cruise Industry on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River (English)

February 11, 2021 – How are municipal governments charting a course to create new tourism opportunities after the COVID-19 crisis?
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2020 Past Webinars

Erosion and Flooding (English)

June 4, 2020 
Participation by Stantec
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Erosion and Flooding mitigation best practices and lessons learned from shoreline communities along the Great Lakes and St Lawrence.



Stimulus Water Restoration Initiative: A Campaign to bring stimulus funding to your municipality

June 25, 2020
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As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the U.S. government is contemplating stimulus packages to restart our economies and to put citizens back to work.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative will be launching a Stimulus Water Restoration Initiative to advocate for financial resources to address water infrastructure 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. Please attend this lunchtime webinar to learn about how you can participate in this effort.


July 23, 2020
Participation by Stantec
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Providing clean water is the most important service you provide to your citizens.  Your community is in need of important water infrastructure improvements.  Hear from the experts and your colleagues on how you can get your water infrastructure off the ground in today’s difficult economic environment.

Microplastics:  A Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Update (English)

September 24, 2020
Microplastics are created when larger plastic pieces enter the marine environment and are subsequently broken into particles of less than 5mm in diameter by wind, waves and solar radiation. Microplastics are endangering the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence and the animals that inhabit these waters. Please attend this lunchtime webinar to get an update on this effort and find out how your municipality can help eliminate this pollutant.


October 2, 2020
Participation by Stantec
FEMA Fact Sheet

This webinar will review funding available under the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) pre-disaster mitigation program. FEMA has released a funding announcement for $500 million for mitigation projects and capability and capacity-building activities, with applications due Jan. 29, 2021.

Technical experts will review requirements under the BRIC program and how to develop strong proposals. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative will discuss options for supporting its member cities in developing proposals to submit for funding under the BRIC program.

Asian Carp – A Danger to the Great Lakes (English)

October 22, 2020 
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Four species of Asian Carp threaten the health of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence ecosystem and its fisheries. Asian Carp were imported to North America for aquaculture and have since escaped into the Mississippi, Illinois, and other rivers due to flooding. For 20 years the Asian Carp have made their way to the edge of the Great Lakes, destroying habitats and denuding our fish population threatening a $5.8 trillion regional economy, including the $7 billion commercial, recreational and tribal fisheries.

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative has consistently emphasized the danger of Asian Carp and called for urgent action to address the threat. Delays in taking action have allowed for the threat to consistently increase the dangers to our region. Come to our lunchtime webinar to find out the status of our efforts.

That Green Stuff on the Great Lakes: Algae (Cladophora) Bloom  (English)

November 19, 2020
Participation by TruGreen
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The Great Lakes are battling an algae outbreak. Algae have always existed in the Lakes but there has recently been a resurgence of nuisance species (Cladophora). The growth of Cladophora increases significantly during the summer months suggesting that warmer temperatures encourage its growth. Come to our lunchtime webinar and get an update on the situation facing our water basin.