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GLIN==> Great Lakes Mayors Commend Introduction of Compact Resolution




Chicago, IL (July 23, 2008) – Mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, a coalition of more than 55 U.S. and Canadian cities, commend Members of Congress for introducing a joint resolution providing consent to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact.


“The quick introduction of a resolution to provide congressional consent to the Compact is very promising,” said David Ullrich, Executive Director of the Cities Initiative.  “Protecting the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River, a globally significant surface freshwater system, needs to remain a top priority for all orders of U.S. and Canadian government.” 


Mayors of the Cities Initiative passed a resolution at their 2008 Annual Member’s Meeting in Toronto, Ontario last week which called for Congress to provide consent to the Compact so that it can become law.  At the meeting, the Mayors recognized the hard work of the Governors and State Legislatures of the eight Great Lakes states to ratify the Compact.  Also recognized were the efforts of various Great Lakes mayors to help move the Compact through their states, such as Cities Initiative Vice Chair Mayor George K. Heartwell of Grand Rapids, MI; Mayor Gary Becker of Racine, WI, a Director on the Cities Initiative Board; Mayor Carleton S.  Finkbeiner of Toledo, OH, also a Director; Mayor John Piskura of Sheffield Lake, OH; Mayor Dave Ross of Superior, WI; and Mayor Tom Barrett of Milwaukee, WI.


The sustainable and responsible management of the waters of the Great Lakes, the driving force behind the Compact, has long been supported by the Cities Initiative.  In fact, in an effort to lead by example with regards to water conservation, the Cities Initiative launched its Water Conservation Framework in July 2007.  The Framework is a voluntary program through which cities work to reduce water use within their jurisdictions by 15 percent by 2015.  Thirty-three cities currently participate and to date nearly half have collectively achieved a 7 percent reduction.


For more information on the Cities Initiative Compact resolution and proceedings from the 2008 Annual Meeting, please visit www.glslcities.org/annual2008.htm


The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (www.glslcities.org) is a bi-national coalition of 56 mayors and other local officials that works actively with governments and stakeholders to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.  The Cities Initiative was founded by Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley in 2003 and was quickly joined by Mayor David Miller of Toronto.



David A. Ullrich, Executive Director

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

Office 312.201.4516




Melissa A. Soline

Program Manager

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative

177 North State Street, Suite 500

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Phone 312.201.4517

Fax 312.553.4355