Mayor Larson of Duluth Joins Cities Initiative Board of Directors
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is proud to announce the newest member of the Board of Directors, Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth, Minnesota. Mayor Larson will be joining as the 16th member of the Board. As a prominent shipping port and the second largest city on Lake Superior, the City of Duluth's voice will be a vital asset to the Board of Directors. While serving as Duluth City Council President before becoming Mayor, Larson championed numerous parks and trails, advised the inception of the Duluth Energy Efficiency Program, and served on the Board of Directors for the Great Lakes Aquarium. Since winning the mayoral election in 2015, Mayor Larson committed to re-establishing Duluth's Environmental Advisory Council and invested $500,000 in energy efficiency programs. Mayor Larson has demonstrated leadership and vision in addressing Duluth's environmental issues, a valuable addition to the Cities Initiative Board.
Member Municipalities Pass Resolutions in Opposition of Waukesha Diversion
Eleven members of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative recently passed local resolutions in opposition of the Compact Council's decision to approve the City of Waukesha, Wisconsin's application for a water diversion. The eleven municipalities include Ajax, Blue Mountains, Cobourg, Collingwood, Essex County, Fort Erie, Montréal, Niagara Falls, Port Colborne, Sault Ste. Marie, and St. Catharines. A majority of the resolutions provide explicit support for
Cities Initiative's challenge
to the Compact Council's decision and subsequent request for a hearing. In addition to the eleven municipalities, one non-profit, the Quebec Federation of Hunters and Fisherman (Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs), also passed a similar resolution. If your municipality is interested in considering the resolution, please contact
for a model resolution.
for copies of the resolutions passed above.
Lake Superior Lakewide Action and Management Plan Finalized
Last week, the governments of Canada and the United States finalized the Lake Superior Lakewide Action and Management Plan (LAMP). Developed by 50 organizations and 30 science-based government agencies known as the Lake Superior Partnership, the LAMP is a binational action plan for restoring and protecting Lake Superior. The plan aims to achieve the pre-established Lake Ecosystem Objectives under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which are scheduled to be developed by the end of 2017. For full access to the Lake Superior LAMP, click
Efforts to Advance Tribal Sovereignty
The U.S. EPA recently announced an interagency agreement on tribal treaty rights and other initiatives designed to advance tribal sovereignty and self-determination. The Memorandum of Understanding on interagency coordination and collaboration to advance protection of tribal treaty and similar rights related to natural resources affected by agency decisions stems in part from an EPA effort to encourage consideration of treaty rights in the agency's consultation policy. Administrator Tina McCarthy also reiterated EPA's commitment to strengthen water quality protections on Indian reservations. The administrator signed an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to invite comments on whether to extend water quality standards effective under the Clean Water Act to all tribes with reservations. Additionally, Administrator McCarthy signed rules that significantly streamline requirements for tribes to receive treatment as a state (TAS) to administer Clean Water Act regulatory programs, and to establish procedures for eligible tribes to obtain the authority to identify impaired waters on their reservations; and to establish total maximum daily loads of contaminants that can be discharged into those waters. This will allow each tribe to meet their own water quality standards. To learn more on this complex issue, please visit:
Lake Erie Nutrient Management Report Released
The Great Lakes Water Quality Board has released Evaluating Watershed Management Plans - Nutrient Management Approaches in the Lake Erie Basin and Key Locations Outside of the Lake Erie Basin which presents recommendations on how watershed management plans should be used to control nutrient pollution in Lake Erie. The report identifies several key elements to include in plans to achieve meaningful nutrient load reductions. The findings and recommendations from this report, along with work by the Science Advisory Board on assessing the contribution of fertilizer and manure use to the nutrients problems, and the IJC's ongoing watershed nutrient source mapping project, support the IJC's work under its Lake Erie Ecosystem Priority (LEEP). This information can also be useful to the Parties and others in their efforts to achieve a 40% total phosphorous reduction in the western basin of Lake Erie. The report is available
Endangered Rivers Nominations
Every year, American Rivers, an environmental non-profit, generates a list of America's Most Endangered Rivers®. The report highlights ten rivers whose fate will be decided in the coming year, and encourages decision-makers to do the right thing for the rivers and the communities they support. The report is not a list of the nation's "worst" or most polluted rivers, but rather it highlights rivers confronted by critical decisions that will determine their future. The report presents alternatives to proposals that would damage rivers, identifies those who make the crucial decisions, and points out opportunities for the public to take action on behalf of each listed river. American Rivers is now accepting nominations for the 2017 report from interested groups throughout the United States.
for the nomination form. To see the 2016 report, in which the St. Lawrence River was featured, please go to:
. The deadline is Monday, October 31, 2016.
Events and Webinars
Great Lakes Public Forum 2016
Celebrating Our Great Lakes
Presented by U.S. EPA and Environment Canada
October 4-6, 2016
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
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
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
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