Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

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


Toward Sustainable Municipal Water Management 2013-2016

Montréal’s Green CiTTS Report Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Montréal has made a commitment to report on its progress every three years. This interval facilitates the assessment of progress in sustainable municipal water management since it can take several years for actions deployed by the city to become detectable. This report thus covers the period from 2013 to 2016. It is presented as follows;
• The 2016 Report uses the same chart that was used in 2013.
• The Assessment Scorecard Chart illustrates the trend between 2013 and 2016 in regards to the milestones retained. The color code for the 2013 trends was improved, as it now refers, where applicable, to the degree to which the city has attained a measurable objective.
• For each milestone, a more detailed presentation includes a description of indicators and highlights for the 2013-2016 period, along with expectations for the years to come.
• An additional two milestones were assessed, bringing the number of milestones assessed to 20 out of the 25 proposed under the Framework.

City of Evanston – 2014 Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Evaluation Report

The City of Evanston, Illinois evaluated its municipal water management through the Cities Initiative's Sustainable Municipal Water Management framework and published this report in September 2014.

Ajax, Ontario: Rain Gardens

The City of Ajax designed and installed three Rain Gardens near Lake Ontario to improve surface water runoff infiltration. The City also implemented two “bio-swales” that will also improve surface water infiltration but are specifically designed to improve beach quality and swimmability.

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.”

Milwaukee 2014 Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Evaluation Report

The 2014 Sustainable Municipal Water Management Public Evaluation Report (SPER) of Milwaukee has been developed for the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI) in the context of the Sustainable Municipal Water Management (SMWM) declaration. This report is based on six axes: Water Conservation and Efficiency, Shared Water Stewardship, Shoreline and Waterways Restoration, Water Pollution Prevention, Water Protection Planning and Water Preparedness for Climate Change.

St. Catharines Sustainable Municipal Water Management Report

“St. Catharines Sustainable Municipal Water Management Program” is a report made by the City of St. Catharines within the Green CiTTs Program. This assessment is based on the SMWM six milestones and covers drinking water, stormwater, wastewater, and climate change issues. 2014.

Montreal’s Sustainable Municipal Water Management Report

“Toward sustainable municipal water management” is a report made by the City of Montreal within the Green CiTTs Program. This assessment is based on the SMWM six milestones. 2013.

Superior, Wisconsin Stormwater Education Program

Through the City of Superior's Stormwater Education program, fifth and sixth graders are able to tour the city's wastewater treatment plant.The plant invites all fifth and sixth grade classrooms each year and provides funding for buses, bus drivers, and snacks at the treatment plant. Treatment plant staff also discuss water quality programs like rain barrel installation, rain gardens, composting, and beach clean-ups. Because poor weather can cause visit cancellations, the wastewater treatment plant also created a “virtual tool” option. The program has become a great success and is a highlight of the year for many students and teachers

Durham Region Sustainable Municipal Water Management Assessment

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This booklet outlines Durham Region's progress on the Cities Initiative Sustainable Municipal Water Management framework. This Ontario municipality provides an assessment of its stormwater and other water management practices under this six-part framework.

In addition, here is the progress indicator chart of the project:

Durham SMWM Progress Indicator Chart

And here is a pamphlet that summarizes the project:

Durham SMWM project 1page