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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 26 March 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

*  Brownfield Financing Legislation
*  Regional Budget Priorities
*  Appropriations for Delaware and Susquehanna River Basins
*  Great Lakes Fishery
*  Corps Reform Legislation
*  Smart Growth Software
*  Upcoming Briefings


BROWNFIELD FINANCING LEGISLATION
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     Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jim Jeffords (R-VT) are seeking
original co-sponsors on two brownfield bills they plan to introduce
next week.  The Brownfield Site Redevelopment Assistance Act of 2001
creates a new program within the Economic Development Administration
(EDA) to provide targeted assistance for projects that redevelop
brownfield sites.  The Brownfields Economic Development Act of 2001
will allow the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to
make Brownfields Economic Development Initiative (BEDI) grants
independent of Section 108 economic development loan guarantees.  It
also provides a 30-percent set-aside for small communities, known as
nonentitlement areas, and federally-recognized Indian tribes.  Both
bills have been widely endorsed and are viewed as complementary to
S.350, which has been approved by the Senate Environment and Public
Works Committee.

     CONTACTS:  Kris Sarri with Sen. Levin (224-6847) or Heather Smith
with Sen. Jeffords (224-3982).


REGIONAL BUDGET PRIORITIES
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     Co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate
Coalitions last week asked the Office of Management and Budget
director to pay attention within the administration's pending budget
proposal to key federal programs important to northeastern and
midwestern states.  Senators Jack Reed (D-RI) and James Jeffords (R-
VT) and Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY) highlighted
the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Amtrak, Community
Development Block Grants, brownfields, environmental monitoring and
protection programs, energy efficiency and tracking efforts, and water
infrastructure.  A copy of the letter can be found at
http://www.nemw.org/fedspending.htm (second bulleted link).

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Senate Coalition (224-0606) and Olwen Huxley at the House Coalition (226-9497).


APPROPRIATIONS FOR DELAWARE AND SUSQUEHANNA RIVER BASINS
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     Leaders of the Delaware and Susquehanna River Basin Task Forces
this week are circulating letters seeking appropriations for key
regional programs.  The deadline for signing is April 9.

     CONTACT:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497).


GREAT LAKES FISHERY
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     The Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating letters in the House
and Senate that urge the president to provide $12.25 million in fiscal
2002 for the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.  The Great Lakes fishery
is worth up to $4 billion to the region in commerce, recreation, food
and employment.  The Fishery Commission works to protect the Great
Lakes fishery from invasive species such as sea lamprey, to support
management of the resource, and to achieve maximum sustained
productivity.

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


CORPS REFORM LEGISLATION
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     Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI), a co-chair of the Upper Mississippi River
Task Force, on Tuesday will introduce the Army Corps of Engineers
Reform Act of 2001.  He will announce the legislation at a press
conference on March 27 at 1:30 pm in room HC-9 of the U.S. Capitol,
and he is seeking co-sponsors of this bill.

     CONTACT:  Laura Cimo with Rep. Kind (225-5506).


SMART GROWTH SOFTWARE
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     Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Jim Jeffords (R-VT) on
Wednesday are hosting a briefing on the Orton Family Foundation's new
software tools that provide spatial decision-making capabilities,
including creation and evaluation of land use scenarios, 3D
visualizations of those scenarios, and forecasting.  The demonstration
of the smart growth software will begin on March 28 at 9:00 am in room
138 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     CONTACTS:  Jessica Berry with Senator Leahy (224-4242) or Heather Smith with Senator Jeffords (224-5141).


UPCOMING BRIEFINGS
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     April 2 -- "Brownfields 101;" 10:30 am in a to-be-announced room
within the House office buildings.

     April 2 -- Industrial energy efficiency; 3:30 pm in SC-5 of the
U.S. Capitol.

     April 5 -- Energy prices and supplies in the region; 9:00 am in
430 Dirksen Senate Office Building.

     April 11 -- Housing and smart growth; 1:00 pm in room 430 Dirksen
Senate Office Building.

     April 12 -- "Energy 101;" time and place to be announced.

     April 17 -- Energy infrastructure needs; time and place to be
announced.

     April 20 -- Measuring our nation's water/steamgauging; time and
place to be announced.

     April 23 -- Hypoxia and the Mississippi River; 3:00 pm in room
HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

     April 23 -- Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL); time and place to be
announced.

     May 9 -- 25th anniversary reception for Northeast-Midwest
Coalitions and Institute.