Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Mayors Protecting and Restoring the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence River

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Milwaukee’s Comprehensive Sustainability and Water Plan

“The City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s…”ReFresh Milwaukee” program covers eight issue areas (buildings, energy, food system, human capital, land & urban ecosystems, mobility, resource recovery and water) and identifies two catalytic projects where adaptation and resiliency are at the core of the projects (“Inner Harbor 2020” economic and ecological redevelopment of Milwaukee’s inner harbor and the Milwaukee estuary; and HOME GR/OWN which increases access and demand for local healthy food). Across the eight issue areas there 25 goals and 53 targets for the City and its partners to achieve in the next 10 years.”

Stormwater Strategies: Cities Prepare Aging Infrastructure for Climate Change

Although managers typically think first of the effects on drinking water supplies, many are realizing that their wastewater systems (the focus of this article) also will be keenly affected, with profound potential consequences for public health. In many places, these systems are already under strain from population growth, development, underfunding, and maintenance backlogs. At a time when North American cities are just beginning to assess what altered weather patterns may bring, a handful, such as Toronto, have committed to upgrading their wastewater systems with climate change in mind.

Urban Stormwater Management in the United States

This report on stormwater management from the National Research Council clarifies the mechanisms by which the pollutants present in stormwater affect the environment, defines the elements of a protocol linking the pollutants to ambient water quality criteria and studies how can monitoring help determine the level a discharge is potentially polluting water and assess a stormwater management plan.

In PDF is the prepublication version. You can have a free access to the published document (PDF) here: http://www.nap.edu/catalog/12465/urban-stormwater-management-in-the-united-states

City of Chicago Water Education Campaign

In 2005, the City of Chicago began a water education campaign to demonstrate grassroots stormwater best management practices through rain barrels and rain gardens. 400 residences were equipped with rain barrels, and the city estimated that over 170,000 gallons of water were conserved from these rain barrel installations. Additional information about the campaign's ongoing programs can be found by clicking on the adjacent link.

Duluth Educational Outreach Program

The City of Duluth, Minnesota has created an outreach program to educate its citizens on water quality issues that affect the health of Lake Superior. The program focuses on watershed awareness and involved stream-specific educational cards that were distributed to schoolchildren.