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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 12 March 2001


*  Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast and Reception
*  Infill Development
*  Brownfields 101
*  Smart Growth 101
*  Decontaminating Sediments

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Great Lakes Commission on
Thursday, March 15, will host the annual Great Lakes Congressional
Breakfast.  The region's policymakers and opinion leaders will discuss strategies for restoring the world's largest system of surface
freshwater.  Featured speakers will be Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH) and
Carl Levin (D-MI) and Reps. John Dingell (D-MI) and Steve LaTourette

     The breakfast will run from 8:00 am to 9:30 am in room B-339 of
the Rayburn House Office Building.  Following the breakfast -- from
10:00 am until noon in room 116 of the O'Neill House Office Building -- will be an issues briefing, at which experts will describe Great
Lakes water management and other environmental issues.

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on that Thursday night will host
a reception for region-based Great Lakes advocates and Capitol Hill
staffers.  That event will take place on the M/V Finished Business, a
boat docked on the Potomac River, between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm.

     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will publish Strategies
for Successful Infill Development.  Coauthored with the Congress for
the New Urbanism, the 130-page book details proven strategies and case
studies for the creative reuse of vacant or underused land in cities,
towns, and suburbs.  It is designed to help local officials, business
and property owners, and other community members plan, design, and
finance successful infill.

     Rather than simply increasing density, successful infill
incorporates an integrated mix of housing, commercial, and
recreational uses; accommodates cars without allowing highways and
parking lots to dominate the landscape; creates walkable neighborhoods
with attractive streetscaping; and links housing to schools, services,
parks, and job centers with sidewalks, greenways, and transit.

     Copies of the report can be purchased by calling Heather
Lockridge at 202/544-5200.  The report will soon be available (in pdf
Acrobat format) from the smart growth section of the Institute's

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

     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Friday, March 16, will host
an introductory briefing on brownfields -- property whose
redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived contamination -- and
legislative efforts to clean up and reuse those sites.  Noting the
recent actions of House and Senate committees on the subject, the
session responds to the requests of congressional staffers for an
introductory briefing explaining brownfield basics.

     The "Brownfields 101" tutorial will begin on March 16 at 2:00 pm
in room 385 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Charlie Bartsch and Bridget Dorfman at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute (544-5200).

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force, House Sustainable Development
Task Force, and House Livable Communities Task Force on Thursday,
March 15, will host a "Smart Growth 101" legislative briefing.  The
session will offer basic information about smart growth, including
urban and rural economic development, transportation and
infrastructure, affordable housing/housing production, open
space/farmland protection, and green buildings.  The March 15 tutorial
will run from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm in room 902 of the Hart Senate
Office Building.  Lunch will be provided.

     CONTACT:  RSVP to mailto:sga@transact.org so adequate lunches will be provided.

     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Monday, March 12, will host a
briefing on successful efforts to decontaminate sediments.  Results
from experiments in New York/New Jersey Harbor have profound
implications for brownfields, Superfund sediment sites, as well as
navigational dredging in harbors and rivers throughout the country.

     Speakers from Brookhaven National Laboratory, BASF Corporation,
and BioGenesis Enterprises will describe the demonstration project,
the technology's applications, and the remaining barriers to its
further implementation.  The March 12 briefing will begin at 10:30 am
in room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.