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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 12 July 1999



SMART GROWTH AND HOMEBUILDERS
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     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Monday, July 12, will host
a briefing by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) about
that group's vision for smart growth.  NAHB representatives will
discuss their new publication, BUILDING BETTER PLACES TO LIVE, WORK,
AND PLAY.  The briefing on July 12 will begin at 2:00 pm in room 430
of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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


COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOW
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     The offices of Senators Robert Smith (R-NH) and Olympia Snowe
(R-ME) on Tuesday, July 13, are hosting a congressional staff
briefing on the combined sewer overflow problem and legislative
proposals aimed to address it.  The session, being organized by the
CSO Partnership, is timely because the Environment and Public Works
Committee plans to hold a hearing on the Smith-Snowe bill (S. 914)
before the August recess.

     The July 13 briefing will begin 12:30 p.m. in room 406 of the
Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Lunch will be provided.

     CONTACTS:  Christine Russell with Senator Smith (224-2841) and
Ginny Worrest with Senator Snowe (224-8672).


GREAT LAKES WATER DIVERSIONS
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     The Great Lakes Task Forces on Monday, July 19, are organizing a
workshop for congressional and state staff on Great Lakes water
diversions.  The proposal to transfer groundwater from Lake
Michigan's hydrologic system for mining purposes and the "Nova Group"
permit issued by Ontario for the bulk export of Lake Superior water
to Asian markets have highlighted inadequacies in existing
arrangements for managing Great Lakes water diversions.

     At the request of Canada and the U.S., the International Joint
Commission is examining the consumption, diversion, and removal of
waters along the common border, including potential uses such as bulk
export.  The Great Lakes governors also have commissioned an analysis
of the laws governing diversions and consumptive uses.  Findings from
both of these investigations are expected in the fall.  In response,
Congress may wish to consider actions relating to these issues.  This
workshop is intended as a primer for congressional and state staff on
the current status of the Great Lakes hydrological system, water use
trends, and legal framework.

     The session on Monday, July 19, will run from 2:00 pm until 3:30
pm in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACTS:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-1211) and Allegra Cangelosi at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).

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