Making Waves
June 6th, 2016
In this edition of Making Waves:
Annual Meeting logo
Cities are building a greener world, and the Annual Meeting is a great time to hear about how cities and stakeholders make it happen! Join us in Niagara Falls, NY, June 15-17, for presentations on:
  • Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
  • Safe drinking water in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
  • Algal blooms and nutrients
  • Phragmites
  • Green Urbanism and Sustainability Initiatives. 
We look forward to seeing everyone in Niagara Falls in June! There's still time to register: click here for registration and more information.

Staff Strategy Session with Mayor Twolan
Cities Initiative Staff with Mayor Twolan
To wind down his year of service as Chair of the Cities Initiative Board of Directors, Mayor Mitch Twolan of Huron-Kinloss, ON, met with Cities Initiative staff at the end of May to discuss GLSLCI's next steps concerning clean drinking water, climate change, and nutrient reduction programs, among others items, in Chicago. The Cities Initiative staff extends our sincere thanks to Mayor Twolan for his continued leadership on Great Lakes-St. Lawrence issues.

Resource Highlight: "Making Cents from Integrated Water Management"
The Greater Lakes Project Team has released a report entitled "Making Cents from Integrated Water Management: Financial Considerations for Municipalities Related to Water Conservation and Green Infrastructure." This report summarizes information contained in other Greater Lakes reports and examines financial questions for municipalities related to water conservation and green infrastructure. It demonstrates that properly implemented Integrated Water Management, incorporating water conservation/efficiency and green infrastructure, is a wise investment. Click here to read the report

Draft Nearshore Framework for the Great Lakes Available for Comment
The Lakewide Management Annex of the Great Lakes Executive Committee has released its Nearshore Framework for public comment. The Nearshore Framework assesses the health and quality of nearshore waters in the Great Lakes basin to determine management actions. The comment period is open until July 12, 2016. Click here for more information and to read the draft framework. 

A Greener Marine Industry
Participants in Green Marine, a program that assists the marine industry (ports, terminals, shipowners, etc.) with environmental sustainability initiatives, have significantly advanced their environmental performance over the past seven years. Environmental performance is evaluated every two years using 12 performance indicators, including air pollutant emissions, waste management, community impacts, greenhouse gas emissions, and others. Green Marine also announced that its membership has grown to 103 participants over the past nine years. Click here to learn more about Green Marine.

SODES, the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council, recently won the Prix Coup de coeur de jury d'honneur award for its St. Lawrence River campaign,  "Brought to you by Ship - My River, My Provider!" The campaign raised awareness for maritime transportation and shipping and its importance to the economy and daily lives of Quebeckers. Read more about SODES here.


Please join the 122 Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative members in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River by clicking  here for a membership application.  If you are already a member, please encourage your neighboring communities to join, and be sure to renew your membership when you receive your notice.  

If your municipality would like to share news with the Cities Initiative, please email information to Laura Bretheim at