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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 11 March 2002



*  Mid-Atlantic Watershed Summit

Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast

*  Brownfields


*  Sea Grant

Great Lakes Soil Erosion

*  Manufacturing Extension Partnership





     The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Wednesday, March 13, is hosting the first annual summit on water resource challenges facing the Mid-Atlantic region.  The session will pay particular attention to drought conditions and responses.


     Speakers will be Reps. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY), George Gekas (R-PA), and Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), and representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Water Environment Federation, Delaware River Basin Commission, Potomac River Basin Commission, and Susquehanna River Basin Commission.


     The March 13 event, which includes a continental breakfast, will run from 8:30 am until 10:30 am in the Mike Mansfield Room (S 207) of the U.S. Capitol.


     CONTACT:  Dan Wrinn at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).





     The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Great Lakes Commission on Thursday, March 14, will host the annual Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast, which focuses on efforts to restore the world’s greatest freshwater resource.


     Speakers will include Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH), Rep. James Oberstar (D-MN), and William Leary, associate director of the Council on Environmental Quality.  The March 14 breakfast will run from 8:00 am until 9:30 am in room B-339 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  A subsequent issues briefing by the Great Lakes Commission will begin at 10:00 am in G-11 Dirksen Senate Office Building.


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





     Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Jim Jeffords (I-VT), and Arlen Specter (R-PA) are circulating a letter supporting the president’s budget request for fiscal 2003 of $200 million for the Environmental Protection Agency’s brownfields program and $25 million for efforts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Senate offices wanting to sign the letter should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by March 20th.


     House and Senate committees last week heard testimony associated with brownfield financing legislation advanced by the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions.  Information on the bills can be obtained at http://www.nemw.org/brownfields.htm#Legis or by contacting Charles Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).





     Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are circulating a letter supporting $3 billion in fiscal 2003 for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Senate offices interested in signing the letter should contact Kris Sarri by March 28th.





     Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) are seeking signatures on a letter that supports funding for the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant) at the authorized level of $68.8 million for fiscal 2003.  Senate offices interested in signing that letter should contact Peter Fippinger, majority staff at the Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Fisheries (224_4912), or Stephanie Bailenson, minority staff (224-8172).





     The Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating a letter to Farm Bill conferees in support of the Great Lakes Basin Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Program.  Senate offices wanting to sign the letter should contact Joy Mulinex (224-1211) by March 11th.





     Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), co-chairs of the Senate Task Force on Manufacturing, are seeking signatures on a letter supporting $110 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program.  Senate offices interested in signing the letter should contact Kris Sarri (224-0606) by March 20th.


     The Northeast Midwest House Coalition is circulating a similar appropriations letter, noting that the administration has proposed cutting the MEP program from $106 million in fiscal 2002 to only $13 million in fiscal 2003.  House offices interested in signing should contact Olwen Huxley (226-9497) by March 31st.