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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 May 2000



BRIEFING:  FEDERAL IMPACTS ON SMART GROWTH
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      Experts on Monday, May 22, will discuss how federal programs can
draw development away from town centers, contributing to traffic
congestion, environmental degradation, and rapid loss of green spaces.
The event is sponsored by the Senate Smart Growth Task Force, House
Sustainable Development Caucus, House Livable Communities Task Force,
and Northeast-Midwest Institute.

      Panelists representing the Sierra Club, Surface Transportation
Policy Project, Good Jobs First, and Coalition for Smarter Growth will
review the Sierra Club's recent report, entitled Sprawl Costs Us All:
How Our Taxes Fuel Suburban Sprawl.  They will discuss the report's
recommendations for redirecting federal subsidies to encourage smart
growth.

      The briefing on Monday, May 22, will run from 2:00 p.m. until
3:00 p.m. in room SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.

      CONTACT: Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


STUDY REQUEST:  NONPOINT SOURCE POLLUTION
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      Five members of the Northeast-Midwest Coalition  Reps. Bob
Franks (R-NJ), Marty Meehan (D-MA), James Oberstar (D-MN), Sherrod
Brown (D-OH),  and Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME)  last week asked the
General Accounting Office to study the relationship between paved
surfaces, vehicle miles travels, and nonpoint source pollution.

      Many of the large, dense population centers in the Northeast-
Midwest have distressed wastewater infrastructure systems.  As the
region confronts urban sprawl and continued growth, the members noted
that they need to have a better understanding of the present and
future impacts on water of paved surfaces and automobiles.

      CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-8636).

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