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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 16 April 2001



H I G H L I G H T S

Hill Briefings:

*  Energy Transmission Infrastructure
*  Great Lakes Water Levels -- How Low Will They Go?
*  Measuring our Nation's Water (USGS Steamgauging)


ENERGY TRANSMISSION INFRASTRUCTURE
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     The Northeast Midwest Congressional Coalition will sponsor a
briefing on Tuesday, April 17, by DOE officials -- led by Paula
Scalingi, director of the DOE Office of Critical Infrastructure -- on
the structure and integrity of the nation's energy transmission
infrastructure, otherwise known as "The Grid."  The briefing will
focus on

  *  how electrical transmission works,
  *  how transmission disruption happens,
  *  federal and state strategies to deal with power outages and
     sabotage, and
  *  regional approaches to planning and managing the movement of
     electricity around the grid.

     The April 17 briefing will begin at 10 am in 2456 Rayburn House
Office Building.

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


GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS -- HOW LOW WILL THEY GO?
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     The Great Lakes Task Forces on Thursday, April 19, will host a
briefing by the International Joint Commission on the outlook for
water levels in the Great Lakes.  The briefing for congressional and
state staff is being provided immediately prior to a Great Lakes
basin-wide media teleconference on the same topic, in order to provide
background for any inquiries those offices may receive.

     The April 19 briefing will begin at 9:30 am in room 188 of the
Russell Senate Office Building.

     CONTACT: Elizabeth Mountz at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-
0866).


USGS STEAMGAUGING BRIEFING
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Friday, April 20, will host
"Measuring our Nation's Water," a briefing on the U.S. Geological
Survey's steamgauging program.  This service provides vital flow data
for state agencies, the Weather Service, and other groups.  Speakers
include Robert Hirsch, Chief Hydrologist, USGS; Glenn Austin, Deputy
Chief of the Hydrology
Division, National Weather Service; and Joseph Hoffman, Executive
Director, Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin.

     The briefing begins at 2:00 pm in room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Laura Cimo, Upper Mississippi River Task Force (225-
5506).