Webinar Series

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

October 22, 2020 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
Please contact Kyle Hills to register

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 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
Participation by TruGreen
Please contact Kyle Hills to register

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.


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Erosion and Flooding (English)

June 4, 2020 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
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 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
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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.

WATER INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS – HOW TO FUND YOUR PROJECTS AND OPTIMIZE YOUR DEBT STRUCTURE (English)

July 23, 2020 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
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 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
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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.

 


A NEW FUNDING OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS COAST eROSION, fLOODING, AND OTHER HAZARDS

October 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am central/noon eastern
Participation by Stantec
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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.