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GLIN==> NEMW/Great Lakes Hill Update - WRDA 2000 Conference Report



GLIN-Folks!

  FYI, Items from the WRDA 2000 Conference report (passed yesterday by the
Senate - House passage expected today).  Great Lakes Task Force letters are
available on the NEMW Website (http://www.nemw.org/greatlakes.htm#congress) if
you would like more background on these provisions.   


  GLTF request (May letter)

   Great Lakes Remedial Action Plans and Sediment Remediation Demonstrations -
Alters the cost sharing from a 50% local to 35% local share.  Raises the
authorization ceiling from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 per year.  Extends the
program through 2006. 

   Great Lakes Tributary Models - Authorizes $5,000,000 per year through 2006. 
Senate language imposing a cost-share requirement was struck. 

   Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration - Authorizes $300,000 for
study and $100,000,000 per year for projects to enhance the management of Great
Lakes fisheries.

   Great Lakes Soft Engineering of Shorelines - Not included.

   Environmental Dredging - Authorizes non-profit entities to act as
cost-sharing partners for Environmental Dredging projects.

Great Lakes Task Force Request (July Letters)   

   Great Lakes Dredging Levels Adjustment - Authorizes deepening of channels
during periods of exceptionally low water (below low water datum) to ensure
minimal operational depths. 

   Contaminated Sediments Restrictions - No language was included restricting
dredging (by either the EPA or the Corps) for remediation of contaminated
sediments. 

Other Great Lakes items

   Export of Water From the Great Lakes - Identical to the Senate language. 
Senators Levin and Abraham conducted a colloquy with Chairman Senator Smith and
Ranking Member Senator Baucus to clarify the intent of this provision on the
floor yesterday.

     
     Rochelle Sturtevant
     Coordinator, Senate Great Lakes Task Force
     459 Russell Senate Building
     Washington, DC 20510
     Rochelle_Sturtevant@levin.senate.gov
     
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