Press Releases

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

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