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Coalition of cities, states, tribes, business, industry and conservation organizations release joint priorities for the Great Lakes

Ahead of Great Lakes Day this week in Washington D.C., a coalition representing business, industry and environmental groups and cities, states, and tribes released joint priorities for sustaining Great Lakes restoration and economic revitalization. The coalition presented a joint agenda for the lakes, which serve as the source of drinking… 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

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

Mayors and Governors Reach Agreement to Improve Water Diversion Application Process

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) announced today it is settling its challenge to the Waukesha Diversion Approval with an agreement to collaborate on improving the review of water diversion applications in the future. The agreement between the Cities Initiative and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River… Read More

New group working with farmers, municipalities to reduce phosphorus in the Thames

The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative is developing innovative tools, practices and technologies to help farmers and municipalities reduce phosphorus and algal blooms in the southwestern Ontario watershed which feeds into Lake Erie. The project was officially launched at a press conference today. “We’re determined to improve the quality of… Read More

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Mayors Mobilize over Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change

Member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative met at their annual meeting and conference, hosted by outgoing Chair Mayor Denis Coderre, in Montreal. “This has been a very busy year. The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of… Read More

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Denounce President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition representing 130 United States and Canadian mayors and their communities of over 17 million people, strongly denounce the decision of President Trump to back out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  The decision is short sighted, ill… Read More