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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 June 1999



GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS
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     The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces on Wednesday, June
9, will host a briefing on the status of lake levels and their impacts
on Great Lakes navigation and ecosystems.  Lake levels have dropped
nearly a foot below the long-term average in most of the Great Lakes,
with significant consequences for navigation, recreation, the
environment, and riparian homeowners.

     The briefing should help congressional and state offices respond
to constituent questions about changing lake levels, shallow waters,
and the inaccessibility of many areas for recreational boating.

     Speaking will include representatives of the Great Lakes
Environmental Research Lab, U.S. Geological Survey, Environmental
Protection Agency, International Joint Commission, and Army Corps of
Engineers.

     The session will begin on Wednesday, June 9, at 10:30 am in room
HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant with the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-1211).


COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
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     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Wednesday, June 9, will
host a briefing on the Cherry Hill revitalization effort in Baltimore. 
Lisa Budlow with Catholic Charities will discuss the project, as well
as other smart growth initiatives by religious organizations.

     Catholic Charities recently renovated a shopping center in Cherry
Hill, a 1940's planned community in South Baltimore City.  What had
been a run-down, largely vacant area now boasts a supermarket,
library, neighborhood services center, food court, and retail outlets.

     The discussion on Wednesday, June 9, will begin at 2:00 pm in
room 459 of the Russell Senate Office Building (Senator Carl Levin's
conference room).

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


STAFF UPDATES
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     PENNY LOCKWOOD, Australia's former manager of marine invasive
species control, is a fellow at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
throughout the spring and summer working on biological pollution. ...
GEORGE DUSENBURY, former legislative director for Rep. John Lewis, has
joined the Institute's staff as a policy analyst focusing on Mid-
Atlantic river basins and innovative financing for nonpoint source
pollution control. ... CARRIE SELBERG, a recent Master's Degree
graduate from Duke University, is a new research assistant at the
Institute working on ecosystem management.