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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 13 September 1999

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration on Friday, September 17, will organize in
Chicago a conference on using economic information effectively in
Great Lakes environmental decision-making.  Participants will include
regional stakeholders, such as representatives from local, state, and
federal governments, environmental organizations, and industry, as
well as economists.  Panelists will provide information on new or
pending legislation requiring valuation; and participants will discuss
the best next applications for economic research in Great Lakes
environmental policy.

     This forum is being held in conjunction with a separate
conference, entitled "Improved Decision-Making for Water Resources,"
organized by the Great Cities Institute and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant
and co-sponsored by the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  That conference,
scheduled for September 16 and 17 at the University of Illinois at
Chicago, seeks to bring together hydrological resource scholars,
government officials, practitioners, and civic organizations to
advance the understanding of water resources as the basis of
sustainable metropolitan communities.

     CONTACT:  Carrie Selberg at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     The Interstate Council on Water Policy on September 13-15 will
hold in Pittsburgh its 40th anniversary annual meeting, entitled
"Celebrating Interstate and International Cooperation in Water
Resources Management."  The conference will recognize the achievements
of multi-jurisdictional water resources manage ment over the past
forty years and estab-lish a foundation for building upon these
achievements in the future.  To this end, attendees will examine how
current legislative and administrative proposals might effect river
basin organizations, and what role these organizations should play in
the future development and implementation of water resources policy.

     Among the meeting's cosponsors are the Delaware River Basin
Commission, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, and
Susquehanna River Basin Commission, which are part of the Northeast-
Midwest Institute's River Basin Washington Program.

     CONTACT:  George Dusenbury at the Northeast-Midwest Institute

     Noting that the Energy Department last week projected a 30
percent jump in residential heating oil over the coming winter,
Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT) and Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY) have
sent a letter to their colleagues urging increased funds for the
Weatherization and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs.

     LIHEAP's eligible population has grown from 23 million to 30
million families over the past decade, yet funding for fiscal 1999 is
$1.1 billion in regular funds, down from $2.1 billion in fiscal 1985. 
Weatherization returns $1.80 in energy savings for every dollar spent,
yet funding peaked at $375 million in fiscal 1985 and is down to $125
million in fiscal 1999.

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

     The House and Senate last week advanced several spending bills. 
Senators from transit-oriented states  led by Senators Moynihan and
Charles Schumer (D-NY)  beat back an effort by Senator Richard Shelby
(R-AL) to shift transit spending to Alabama and other southern and
western states. ... Western senators, meanwhile, blocked increased
restrictions on subsidized grazing permits for ranchers. ... Western
and southern lawmakers also won a 52-45 vote to help accelerate timber
sales in their regions.

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