Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

2013 Annual Meeting and Conference

Marquette, Michigan

June 19-21, 2013


Press documents

Press Release



1. Climate Impacts in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region and Building Resilient Communities

2. Low Water Levels in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin 

3. Keeping Asian Carp Out of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

4. Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Continued Commitment to Protection and Restoration

5. St. Lawrence Action Plan

6. Shoreline Protection and Restoration

7. Projecting Water Demand Due to Population Growth by 2050 (Submitted by: City of Mississauga)

8. Endorsing City of Sault Ste. Marie Ballast Water Standards Resolution

9.Sustaining Environmental Restoration and Economic Revitalization (Submitted By: City Of Racine, coming soon)


Sustainable Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Economy

Leslie Hornung, Michigan Economic Development Corporation 

Dennis West, Northern Initiatives

Peter Plastrik, Innovation Network for Communities

Mining, the Economy and the Environment

Dr. Steve Kesler, University of Michigan

Matt Johnson, Rio Tinto

Mike Ripley, Ottawa Chippewa Resource Authority

Jerry Maynard, Superior Watershed Partnership

Climate Adaptation and Resiliency

Dr. John Lenters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and LimnoTech

Carl Lindquist, Superior Watershed Partnership

Mayor Keith Hobbs, City of Thunder Bay, Ontario

Shoreline Mayors Take Action

Mayor Deb Shewfelt, Town of Goderich, Ontario

Mayor Sandra Cooper, Town of Collingwood, Ontario

Deputy Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle, Québec City, Québec



Wege Small Cities Sustainability Award - Winner : Town of Collingwood, ON 

Water Conservation Award - Winner : Regional Municipality of Peel, ON 

Green CiTTS

Climate Adaptation in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin - Four page summary


Sacred Waters: An Anthem for the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence

This new anthem from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence was premiered in Marquette as part of the 2013 Annual Meeting festivities. The anthem was written by Mayor George Heartwell of Grand Rapids, MI and scored by his son, professional composer Damien Heartwell. Special thanks to Jan Brodersen for coordinating the Marquette Senior High School Choir to debut the anthem. Recorded on June 20, 2013 at Lake Superior Theatre in Marquette, MI. 




Media Meet – WMNU-13 Public Television, Marquette, MI

An update on Great Lakes issues and programs as they affect states and communities around the Lakes and St. Lawrence River. Features former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley; Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Executive Director David Ullrich; Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett; and Superior Watershed Partnership Executive Director Carl Lindquist.

Host : Bill Hart

Aired on 07/13/2013 - Video