Every year, the annual meeting and conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative brings together municipal, provincial, state and federal officials, along with their staff, concerned citizens and many other stakeholders. Help sponsor the event! Click the button below register to donate.

This event is the perfect opportunity to discuss issues and solutions to ensure the protection, restoration and promotion of an invaluable resource – the Great lakes and St. Lawrence River. This basin is home to 40 million people, and the resource contributes to the economic well- being and quality of life of all of them. This is why your presence is so important in Marquette, Michigan this coming June 19, 20 and 21. Explore the Marquette coastline with the SWP Shoreviewer


The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative is a coalition of U.S. and Canadian mayors and other local officials working to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River. By integrating their environmental, economic and social agendas, local governments are helping to sustain a resource that represents approximately 20 percent of the world’s surface freshwater supply, provides drinking water for 40 million people, and is the foundation upon which a strong regional economy is based. Members of the Cities Initiative are committed to working together and with other orders of government and stakeholders to improve infrastructure, programs and services and increase investments that protect and restore this globally significant freshwater resource. Only by working together to protect the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence can we preserve and enhance the quality of life and economic well being of the people of the region.
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SUPERIOR WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP

The Superior Watershed Partnership, an award-winning Great Lakes non-profit organization, works to protect and improve the natural resources of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan on a watershed basis. SWP staff includes biologists, planners, technicians and educators who provide creative, science-based solutions.

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THE CITY OF MARQUETTE

The City of Marquette is located in the central region of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With a population of 21,335, it is the UP’s largest community. In addition to being a population center, it serves as the regional center for education, health care, recreation, and retail. A strong commitment by both city leaders and active community members has helped Marquette to become one of the nation’s premier cities.

I invite you to attend the 2013 annual meeting and conference of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative in Marquette, Michigan June 19 – 21, 2013. Join mayors and other leaders to help solve problems and map out a sustainable future for this precious freshwater resource of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence for our citizens in the United States and Canada. We invite you to explore the best nature has to offer on the shimmering shores of Lake Superior in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Together, we will strive to make our watersheds superior.

I look forward to seeing you in Marquette.

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John DePetro
Mayor, City of Marquette, Michigan

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