Mayors Make Declaration on Water Sustainability
Mayors make ‘Declaration on Water Sustainability’ to Protect Great Lakes and St. Lawrence
At the annual general meeting on June 28th, 2012 in Quebec City, mayors (including Mayor Mitch Twolan) from Québec, 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.
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.
“In the face of climate change, increased urbanization and dwindling water supply in some parts of the globe, we must never take the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence, the world’s largest source of surface fresh water, for granted,” said Mayor Régis Labeaume of the Québec Metropolitan Community, and Vice-Chair of the Cities Initiative. “As water managers, cities have a responsibility to be water-wise and report publicly on our progress in managing this globally threatened resource.”
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (www.glslcities.org) 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.
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