Press Releases

The Cities Initiative periodically issues press releases on a variety of programs. Find an archive of press releases here.

2024
2023

December 19, 2023 – Initiative for Resilient Great Lakes Coasts Helps Local Governments Design and Develop Habitat-Focused Projects that Improve Local Climate Resilience

December 8, 2023 – The Cities Initiative Rallies Around Proposed Cross-Border Passenger Rail Expansion Between Detroit and Windsor

December 5, 2023 – Cities Initiative’s Water Equity Commission Applauds Proposed U.S. EPA Rule Mandating Lead Service Line Replacement by Water Utilities

November 8, 2023 – Cities Initiative Applauds New U.S. Federal Effort to Get the Lead Out

November 6, 2023 – The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Calls on Federal Support for Vital Climate Resilience Measures in Communities Facing Extreme Weather Events

October 24, 2023 – Mayor Tracey Bailey of the Municipality of Lakeshore Joins the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

October 11, 2023 – The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative applauds the Government of Canada’s investment of $150 million to build the new Contrecœur container terminal

October 10, 2023 – Cities Initiative Expands Reach of Resilient Coastal Projects Initiative with an Additional $1.5 Million

September 28, 2023 – The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Welcomes Historic Investments for Great Lakes Stewardship

June 23, 2023 – Grand Chief Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer Joins Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Board

June 9, 2023 – Mayors Gather in Chicago to Advance Climate Action across the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin.

June 9, 2023 – Inaugural Richard M. Daley Water Equity Community Award Presented to Five Communities at the Cities Initiative Annual General Meeting in Chicago

June 7, 2023 – Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson Touts Vision for Climate Action and Environmental Justice

May 25, 2023 – Most communities in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Basin will spend up to $10 million over the coming years to protect their coastlines

May 8, 2023 – Cities Initiative Launches Richard M. Daley Water Equity Award to Provide Support to Disadvantaged Communities

April 4, 2023 – Cities Initiative Commends U.S. EPA for Ensuring Great Lakes States Receive Appropriate Share of Federal Funding for Lead Service Line Replacement

March 28, 2023 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Welcomes Freshwater Investments in Government of Canada’s 2023 Budget

March 24 – 2023 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Applauds Government of Canada’s Historic Investment in Freshwater Protection

March 22, 2023 –  Cities Initiative applauds trailblazing Montreal declaration calling for action on microfibres, PFAS and federal funding to protect our fresh water

March 14, 2023 – The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative joins the Great Lakes Commission and other partners in Washington, DC, for Great Lakes Day 2023

February 16, 2023 – Cities Initiative Applauds Illinois and Michigan Budget Proposals to Protect the Great Lakes from Invasive Carp

February 14, 2023 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Mayors Play a Key Role in Freshwater Summit in Ottawa

January 27, 2023 – Cities Initiative Joins Biden-Harris Partnership to Accelerate Progress on Lead Service Line Replacement

2022
2021

December 16, 2021 – Great Lakes Mayors Support Biden-Harris Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan.

November 24, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Supports Commitments in Speech from the Throne.

November 11, 2021 – The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative applauds passage of the Infrastructure bill — now urges Congress to pass the Build Back Better bill immediately

October 31, 2021 – Congress urgently needs to act on the infrastructure and reconciliation bills to safeguard water equity

October 6, 2021 – JAMA Pediatrics study highlights lead in water danger — 135 Mayors call on Congress to act on the Infrastructure and Reconciliation Bills immediately

September 10, 2021 – Coastal Resilience and Water Equity reports from Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative identify significant funding needs and increased federal investment

August 26, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative concludes highly successful virtual annual meeting

Coastal Damages from Climate Change:

July 8, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence communities to spend nearly $2 billion over next five years combating coastal damages from climate change

 May 24, 2021 – Mayors Commission on Water Equity supports new legislation in Congress providing assistance for water utility bills

April 29, 2021 – Mayors Commission on Water Equity asks Congress to invest $58 billion to create a cross-agency “Lead Safe Communities” fund

April 20, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Supports Budget 2021’s funding for Canada Water Agency and understanding the effects of Climate Change

April 16, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Vice-Chair requests $2.2 Billion for the Canada Water Agency and $7 Billion in shoreline infrastructure funding to address climate change

March 31, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative supports Biden infrastructure plan

March 10, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative applauds passage of Biden COVID relief package

February 25, 2021 – Regional organizations support shared priorities for the Great Lakes

January 19, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative supports Biden COVID relief package and urges quick approval by Congress

January 8, 2021 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative applauds agreement to advance Brandon Road project to stop Asian carp

2020
2015-2019

June 26, 2019 – Projects Moving Ahead to Reduce Lake Erie Algae, Phosphorus targeted for removal

June 18, 2019 – The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Collaborative Proposes Action Plan 2030 to Protect the Great Lakes

June 7, 2019 – TruGreen Honors Leading GLSLCI Members with First-Ever TruGreen Environment Education Awards

June 6, 2019- Canadian and American Mayors Call for Urgent Action against Asian Carp. Signing of the “Mayor’s Declaration to Stop Asian Carp”

April 19, 2019 – Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Welcomes Waukegan Mayor Cunningham

April 11, 2019 – Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and TruGreen Partner To Improve Water Quality, the Environment

March 15, 2019 – Trump Administration 2020 Budget Proposal Jeopardizes Clean Water 

February 22, 2018 – Canadian and US Mayors Call for Immediate Action on Asian Carp

December 7, 2018 – Projects identified to address Lake Erie algae, Thames River Phosphorous Reduction Collaborative
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b. Read the Press Release

November 30, 2018 – Mayors and Anishinabek Nation call for stricter rules for water withdrawals from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
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b. Read the Press Release

October 26, 2018 – Panel of Expert to Investigate Protection of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River
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September 20, 2018 – More funding for new phosphorus technologies to clean up Lake Erie Federal-provincial program boosts innovative Thames River initiative

July 19, 2018: New phosphorus technologies to clean up Lake Erie – Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative

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June 14, 2018: Canadian and US Mayors reject rhetoric, stand united for shared economic prosperity.

February 23, 2018: Collaborative ramps up phosphorus reduction project – Farmers and Cities team up to help meet 40 per cent target

February 14, 2018: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

November 22, 2017: Mayors, Businesses and NGOs in Ottawa to call for increased investment to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

August 2, 2017: Mayors and Governors Reach Agreement to Improve Water Diversion Application Process

June 27, 2017: New group working with farmers, municipalities to reduce phosphorus in the Thames

June 15, 2017: Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Mayors Mobilize over Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change

June 2, 2017: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Denounce President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement on Climate Change

May 23, 2017: Proposed US Federal Budget Cuts Threaten the Great Lakes

March 27, 2017: Cities Initiative Board of Directors Announces New President/CAO

March 16, 2017: Elimination of Great Lakes Funds Shocks Mayors

March 3, 2017: Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Deeply Concerned about U.S. Budget

December 19, 2016: Success for the Great Lakes: WIIN Act Signed Into Law By Obama

December 9, 2016: Funding Supports Work to Reduce Phosphorus Loss to Waterways

October 27. 2016: Mayors, Business Leaders, NGOs Call for New Vision, Blue Print for future of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region: Great Lakes Advocates Meet with Key Ministers in Ottawa

June 16, 2016: Mayors Oppose Waukesha Water Diversion (pdf)

June 16, 2016: Backgrounder

February 16th, 2016: Mayors call on June 16, 2016: Backgrounder Premiers, Governors to Defend Integrity of Great Lakes and Compact [pdf]

December 11th, 2015: Mayors call on World Leaders to Reach Ambitious Climate Commitment in Paris [Press Release]

October 6th, 2015: Mayors hold first Great Lakes Day at Queen’s Park

October 6th, 2015: Backgrounder

June 17th, 2015: Mayors endorse State and Provincial accord to restore Lake Erie (Annual Meeting) [pdf]

June 10th, 2015: Mayors Call on US and Canada to Protect Drinking Water [pdf]

Annual Meetings

St. Catharines 2022

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River mayors turn attention to growing the region’s blue economy – Members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative gathered in Niagara Region, Ontario to hear from government and industry speakers on the power of leveraging the basin’s freshwater resources for economic renewal as part of its annual conference.  Read the press release.

Great Lakes mayors united in support for ambitious Ontario Marine Strategy – Securing the future of Ontario’s blue economy with a dedicated vision for the maritime transport sector should be a priority for the provincial government in its new mandate.  Read the press release.

Virtual 2021

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative concludes highly successful virtual annual meeting – The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative’s two-day virtual meeting concluded today, seeing record attendance from regional Mayors, and impactful presentations from a number of governmental and environmental leaders.  Read more.

Montreal 2017

Thunder Bay 2014

Marquette 2013

Niagara Falls 2011

Milwaukee 2010

Asian Carp
BP Refinery
Canada Ontario Agreement and Memorandum of Cooperation (COAMOC)
Municipal Adaptation and Resiliency Service (MARS)
Microplastics
Nuclear