St. Lawrence River Shoreline Access Study (December 2014)
Through the analysis of past access, current context and future projects, the study identifies the challenges and needs of Québec municipalities to maintain and increase public access to the River. Both a survey of participating municipalities and the realization of case studies were used. By demonstrating that municipalities remain at the front line of this issue and describing relevant examples, the study aim to facilitate representation of elected municipal officials towards other levels of government. Greater awareness of all stakeholders and interested parties will ultimately result increased investments to ensure adequate public access to the River, and increase its protection and enhancement.
The Cities Initiative would like to thank the main study funder, the Québec Metropolitan Community, and the seven other municipalities (Varennes, Rimouski, Sept-Îles, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Carleton, Montmagny, and Port-Cartier) who contributed financially to the realization of the study.
- Sustainable Municipal Water Management in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin (June 2012) - A guide to integrated water management at the local level. This report covers principles and milestones to achieve water management through water conservation, land use planning, public education, emergency response, pollution prevention and habitat restoration.
- Restoring the Natural Divide (January 2012) - Separating the Great Lakes and Mississippi River Basins in the Chicago Area Waterway System
- Stormwater Management in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Basin: Cities Charting the Way Forward (June 2011) - A comprehensive look at stormwater management in the region through input from Cities Initiative member communities.
- Great Lakes Beaches and Coasts: 2010 to 2020 - Workshop Summary (October 2010) - A summary of discussion and key themes from a workshop of over 90 participants interested in working together to improve Ontario's beaches and coasts.
- Watershed and Greenspace Protection in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Region- (July 2010) - issue brief on local investment in watershed and greenspace protection, including outstanding funding needs
- Local Investment in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence- U.S. and Canada synopsis (May 2010) - synopsis of information from the 2008 Local Investment Survey, broken down by country and province.
- Federal Support Needed to Address Wastewater Infrastructure Deficit in Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region - (May 2010) issue brief on local investment in wastewater infrastructure and growing federal wastewater infrastructure deficit in Great Lakes and St. Lawrence river region. Produced in partnership with the Great Lakes Commission.
- Healthy Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Beaches: A National Priority - (May 2010) issue brief on local investment in beach management in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River region. Produced in partnership with the Great Lakes Commission.
- Mayors Collaborative Action Plan to Protect the Great Lakes (Summary) - (May 2009) - Full Report presented by Mayors to the Ontario Ministers of the Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at the first Ministers and Mayors Great Lakes Summit. Report outlines five priority areas for action in the Great Lakes.
- Click here for the Local Investment in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence report which found that local government invests more than $15 billion annually on Great Lakes and St. Lawrence protection and restoration! (February 2008).
- Overview of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Economy, prepared by World Business Chicago. For an extended version, click here.
- Redesigning the Governance Structure of the Great Lakes: A Report to the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative by Mauricio Gonzalez, MPP and Duncan Kisia, MPP of the University of Chicago, Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy (June 29, 2007)