Making Waves
August 2nd, 2016
In this edition of Making Waves:
At the 2016 Annual Meeting and Conference, Detroit Public Television caught up with a few of the Cities Initiative's local leaders - click the image for interviews with Mayor John Dickert (Racine, WI); Deputy Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle (Quebec City); and Councillor Mike Layton (Toronto, ON).
Great Lakes Mayors support Monarch Butterfly Habitat
The Cities Initiative continues to work with the National Wildlife Federation on its "Mayors' Monarch Pledge" program, which provides municipalities with resources to create vital monarch butterfly habitat in their communities. So far, the municipalities of Evanston, IL;  Leamington, ON; Lambton County, ON;  Pickering, ON;  Sheboygan, WI;  Duluth, MN; and  Township of Carling, ON have signed up! If your municipality would like to sign on or would like more information, visit or contact Laura Bretheim at 

Financing Large-Scale Green Infrastructure
ECT, Storm Stream Solutions, Greenleaf Advisors, and Corvias Solutions, with funding support from the Great Lakes Protection Fund, have developed an informative fact sheet on the use of public and private capital to pay for large scale green infrastructure.  The fact sheet, geared to a municipal audience, explores a number of financing and project delivery tools, and maintenance frameworks, such as Community-Based Public-Private Partnerships, Environmental Impact Bonds, stormwater credit trading and stormwater bank frameworks.  To read the fact sheet, please click here.

GLSLCI Partners with CurrentCast 
The Cities Initiative is excited to partner with CurrentCast, 
a daily 1-minute podcast  featuring water resource news from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence and other regions. Check out some of their most recent episodes, including a feature on the Cities Initiative, here.
Events and Webinars

Webinar: How does Phragmites survive water level fluctuations? 
Presented by the Great Lakes Phragmites Collaborative

Wednesday, August 10 
10am-11am Eastern / 9am-10am Central
Click here to register

Webinar: Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) Monitoring and Forecast
Presented by the Great Lakes HABs Collaboratory

Thursday, August 11
1pm-2pm Eastern / 12pm-1pm Central

Please join the 123 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