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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 5 June 2000



BRIEFING:  OIL AND GAS PRICE PROJECTIONS
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      The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition on Monday, June 5, will
host a briefing on the outlook for oil and natural gas supply and
prices during the summer and through the end of the year.  Speakers
will be Melanie Kenderdine, acting director of the Department of
Energy's Policy Office, and John Cook, director of the Petroleum
Division at the Energy Information Administration

      The session will begin on Monday, June 5, at 4:00 pm in room 430
of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

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


BRIEFING:  GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS
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      The Great Lakes Task Forces on Friday, June 9, will host a
briefing on declining water levels in the Great Lakes and the
consequences for navigation, recreation, environment, and riparian
homeowners.

      Water levels on Lakes Michigan and Huron were 21 inches below
their average for May, and eight inches below those of a year ago.
The lakes normally fluctuate with highs in July and lows in February.
This year's low levels could cause major problems for recreational
boaters when they try to get their boats out of the water at the end
of the season (September-October).

      The briefing is scheduled for Friday, June 9, from 10:00 am until
11:00 am in room SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.

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


REPORT:  GOVERNORS' SMART GROWTH INITIATIVES
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release a report
summarizing the efforts of 23 governors who have taken the lead in
smart growth  development that fosters economic vitality, preserves
natural resources, and enhances the quality of life.  Depending on
varied economic, environmental, historic, and political circumstances,
the governors' approaches range from comprehensive strategies to
initial steps toward preserving open space and revitalizing town
centers.  The report, which will be updated regularly, appears on the
Institute's web site under "smart growth" at
http://www.nemw.org/smartgrowth.htm#Reports.

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


SMART GROWTH GRANT
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      The Northeast-Midwest Institute recently was awarded an
Innovative Community Partnership grant by the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency.  The Institute's proposal to organize a conference
on infill development was one of 11 projects chosen by EPA to help
solve local environmental problems and create more livable
communities.  EPA plans to launch the full Innovative Community
Partnership by early next year.  The initiative, for which the
president proposed $4.4 million in fiscal 2001, will support local
innovation, cross-media environmental approaches, and community
partnerships that aim to achieve measurable environmental results.

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


NEW STAFF
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      Jessica Taverna is a new research assistant at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute, focusing on the Great Lakes ecosystem.  She has
been project coordinator with the New Meadows River Watershed Project
(Brunswick, ME) and a history research assistant with the Mystic
Seaport Maritime Museum (Mystic, CT).  She is a graduate of Bowdoin
College and was a participant in the Williams-Mystic Maritime Studies
Program.  ... Sarah Tuck is a new intern on the Institute's ecosystem
team, focusing on both Great Lakes and Upper Mississippi River issues.
She has worked at the Mystic Seaport Museum Library and with the
Council of Life Insurance, and she is completing her research in
maritime studies at Williams Mystic, as well as her American
literature major at Middlebury College.

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