H E A D L I N E S
* Briefing: Reforming the Corps
* Briefings: Invasive Species
Briefing: Groundwater and Drought
* Briefing: Great Lakes Water Levels
Update: Great Lakes Sedimentation
BRIEFING: REFORMING THE CORPS
Northeast-Midwest Institute on Monday, May 13, is hosting a briefing for
congressional staff on the leading proposals to reform the Army Corps of
Engineers. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) may include sweeping
changes to how the Corps does business, as a number of members of Congress have
stepped forward with legislative proposals. These bills include Senator Bob
Smith’s S.1987, Senator Russ Feingold’s S.646, Rep. Ron Kind’s H.R.1310, and
Rep. Thomas Tancredo’s H.R.2353. At this briefing, staff will learn about the
leading proposals and Senate and House committee actions.
Speakers will include majority staffers with the Senate Environment and
Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure
Committee, as well as representatives of American Rivers and Taxpayers for
Common Sense. The May 13 briefing will begin at 12:30 pm in room HC-8 of the
Little at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).
BRIEFINGS: INVASIVE SPECIES
organizations on Tuesday, May 14, and Thursday, May 16, are organizing briefings
to discuss the threats and impacts presented by invasive species (both
terrestrial and aquatic), the importance of biodiversity, and the efforts being
made to address these challenges.
The May 14 sessions – from 10:00 am until 11:30 am in 418 Russell Senate
Office Building, and from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm in 2325 Rayburn House Office
Building – will focus on aquatic and marine invasive species, including
presentations by the Northeast-Midwest Institute, Lake Carriers Association,
Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and
World Conservation Union.
The May 16 briefing – from 10:00 am until 11:30 am in 2318 Rayburn – will
address terrestrial invasive species, including presentations by the National
Invasive Species Council, National and Regional Weed Science Societies, Nature
Conservancy, and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
Contact: Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
BRIEFING: GROUNDWATER AND
The National Ground Water
Association and Northeast-Midwest Institute on Friday, May 17, are sponsoring a
briefing on the impacts of drought on groundwater. While drying rivers and lakes
are visible effects of drought, less obvious are falling water tables, declining
homeowner wells, and reduced reserves of groundwater to sustain streamflow. The
briefing will review how groundwater monitoring is essential to achieve a
complete picture of drought, as well as examine implications for this coming
summer and fall.
Speakers will represent the U.S. Geological Survey, Maine Emergency
Management Agency, and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. The
May 17 event will begin at 10:00 am in room 1334 of the Longworth House Office
Building. Refreshments will be served.
Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).
BRIEFING: GREAT LAKES WATER
The Great Lakes Task Force on
Thursday, May 23, will host its annual meeting on water levels in the Great
Lakes. The Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab will present its forecast and
discuss climate change impacts on water levels; the International Joint
Commission will discuss water level regulations; and the Army Corps of Engineers
will review the impacts of water levels.
The May 23 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room SC-6 of the U.S.
Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force
UPDATE: GREAT LAKES
The farm bill, which
awaits the president’s signature, includes authorization for the Great Lakes
Basin Soil Erosion & Sediment Control Program, a federal/state partnership
promoted by the Great Lakes Task Forces and managed by the Great Lakes
Commission in consultation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Environmental Protection Agency, and Great Lakes states. The program’s goal is
to protect and improve Great Lakes water quality by controlling erosion and
sedimentation, and by limiting the input of nutrients and toxic contaminants.
Program elements include grants, technical assistance, and education
Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces