Making Waves
September 1st, 2016
In this edition of Making Waves:
Save the Date - 2017 Annual Meeting!
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative 2017 Annual Member Meeting and Conference will be held June 14-16, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec.  Please check regularly in the coming months for details and registration.  

Thank You to Laura Bretheim
The Cities Initiative would like to thank Laura Bretheim for her work and commitment to the organization and its members over the last two years.  It is bittersweet for us to announce that Laura is pursuing a new endeavor.  We wish her all the luck on her new adventure!   

Cities Challenging Waukesha Water Diversion
In late August 2016, the Cities Initiative requested a hearing to challenge the decision by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Council (Compact Council) to allow the City of Waukesha to divert water from Lake Michigan.  The challenge is to make sure the long term integrity of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact is preserved.  Depending on the outcome of the hearing, we may consider an appeal of the approval in U.S. District Court. We will keep the membership up to date on developments via email.  In the meantime, please contact David Ullrich at 312-201-4516 or if you have any questions.

Action on Coal Tar Sealants
US EPA recently reached a settlement regarding the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Multi-Sector General Permit (MSGP) for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity.  With this settlement, EPA is poised to take the first federal step, albeit small, toward restricting the use of coal tar sealants.  The settlement requires EPA to propose for comment, when the next MSGP is being developed, a condition that operators who use coal tar sealants are not eligible for coverage under the MSGP.  As coal tar sealant gets worn down, it releases polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), a known human carcinogen, as a toxic dust and in stormwater runoff.  PAHs pose particular risk for young children.  To learn more about coal tar sealants, click here or here
Of note, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Health Canada recently released a Risk Management Scope for public comment regarding coal tar sealants.  The Government of Canada is proposing to consider regulatory or non-regulatory initiatives that would, among other things, minimize the use of coal tar sealants in order to reduce exposure to the general public and the environment.  To read more, click here

Events and Webinars

CDP Cities Workshop
Program includes sessions on
green investment opportunities, and tools from the Compact of Mayors for city GHG inventories and climate action and adaptation planning

October 26-27, 2016 
  Las Vegas, NV
Visit  for more information and to register.

Great Lakes Restoration Conference 2016
Hosted by the Healing Our Waters Coalition

September 20-22, 2016
Sandusky, Ohio
Click here  to register

Great Lakes Public Forum 2016
Celebrating Our Great Lakes
Presented by U.S. EPA and Environment Canada

October 4-6, 2016
Toronto, Ontario
Click here  to register

Great Lakes Beach Association Conference
Hosted by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, with the Great Lakes Beach Association, City of Marquette, and the Superior Watershed Partnership
October 4-7, 2016
Marquette, MI
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway Green Infrastructure Conference 
May 31-June 2, 2017
Call for Abstracts

Deadline for Abstracts is 
September 16, 2016.  

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 Melissa Soline at