Thursday, June 28, 2012

Great Lakes Mayors Declaration On Water Sustainability

Jun 28: Mayors from Qu├ębec, Ontario and the U.S., representing over fifteen million people, made a 'Declaration on Water Sustainability' and committed to common sustainable water management practices to protect  the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, the largest source of surface fresh water on earth. Also at the bi-national conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, five cities were recognized for their outstanding efforts in water conservation, water pollution prevention and sustainability.

    Mayor Tom Barrett, of Milwaukee and Chair of the Cities Initiative said, "Today, my fellow mayors and I made an important declaration on water sustainability to protect the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence through our cities' daily operations and long term investments. Together, the mayors of the Cities Initiative are making a difference in the future health and prosperity of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region and are showing leadership globally in sustainable water management."

    In support of the 'Declaration on Water Sustainability', the Cities Initiative released a report on Sustainable Municipal Water Management, with best practices from members, along with a method for evaluating and publicly reporting on progress on common actions by cities across the basin. Members will be asked to present their public reports on sustainable water management at our next annual general meeting in June 2013. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of 90 mayors and other local officials that works actively with Federal, state, tribal, first nation and provincial governments and other stakeholders to advance the protection, restoration and promotion of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin.

    Access a release from the Cities Initiative and link to more information on the annual general meeting, the award winners (click here). Access the complete 41-page report (click here). [#GLakes]

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