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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 5 November 2001



H E A D L I N E S
 
*  Senate Farm Bill
*  Recreational Harbor Dredging
*  Great Lakes Ballast Treatment and Fisheries Restoration
*  Mid-Atlantic River Basins
 

SENATE FARM BILL
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     Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed
(D-RI), Richard Lugar (R-IN), Christopher Dodd (D-CT), and Robert
Torricelli (D-NJ) are circulating a letter to Senate leaders
expressing opposition to the scheduling of a vote on the House-passed
Farm Bill (HR 2646, the Farm Security Act of 2001).  The senators
argue for a deliberative process in the Senate and a farm bill "that
promotes regional equity, compliance with trade agreements, and strong
conservation programs."
 
     Deadline for signature on the letter is November 5.
 
     CONTACTS:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606) or James Daly with Senator Leahy (454-5225).
 

RECREATIONAL HARBOR DREDGING
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     Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and regional
organizations on November 16 will brief congressional staff on
recreational harbor dredging.  Because of its policy to first maintain
deep-draft channels, the Corps in recent years has had less money to
dredge shallow-draft harbors, even though the agency is required to
maintain those harbors.  Because of lower water levels in the Great
Lakes, recreational boaters who use the shallow-draft harbors have
become increasingly frustrated.
 
     The November 16 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room SC-4 of
the U.S. Capitol.
 
     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
 

GREAT LAKES BALLAST TREATMENT AND FISHERIES RESTORATION
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     The co-chairs of the Great Lakes Task Force have written a letter
asking the U.S. Coast Guard to start full-scale and pilot-scale
testing of ballast treatment technology in the Great Lakes.  The
letter recommends means to ensure adequate protection of the receiving
system during the testing process.
 
     The co-chairs also are asking the Council of Lake Committees for
comments on the progress made towards meeting the goals of the Great
Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1998 and implementing the
recommendations of the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration
Study.  The Great Lakes Task Force, moreover, is requesting comments
and recommendations from associated state directors and Indian tribes
that could be incorporated into a future reauthorization of the Great
Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act.
 
     CONTACT:  Elizabeth Mountz with the Great Lakes Task Force (224-
0866).
 

MID-ATLANTIC RIVER BASINS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute's web site includes updated
information about the Delaware, Susquehanna, and Potomac River basins.
The site now features links to numerous fact sheets on the
Mid-Atlantic region, as well as links to related federal programs,
interstate commissions, state resources, and nonprofit research and
advocacy organizations.  The information can be found at
http://www.nemw.org/riverbasin.htm.
 
     CONTACTS:  Allen Hance and Tracy Norfleet at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute (544-5200).