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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 12 August 2002



H I G H L I G H T S

* Legislation: Invasive Species
* Appropriations: Brownfields
* Report: Rural Smart Growth
* Report: Brownfield Redevelopment

 

LEGISLATION: INVASIVE SPECIES
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Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MD) have released drafts of two sweeping bills they plan to introduce to slow the onslaught of aquatic organisms invading United States waterways. These organisms, referred to as invasive species, cause enormous damage to our economy and environment. Invasive species have received a great deal of attention from Americans in the past few weeks, thanks to the now-legged snakehead fish discovered in Maryland waterways and the giant Asian carp moving up the Mississippi River. The bills announced this week represent a bipartisan and bicameral effort to address comprehensively the threat from the snakehead fish and other aquatic invasive species.

 

APPROPRIATIONS: BROWNFIELDS
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The Senate VA-HUD appropriations bill includes language giving the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) greater flexibility on providing brownfields economic development (BEDI) grants to communities. The language no longer requires that BEDI grants be tied to Section 108 economic development loan guarantees. Making BEDI grants independent of the Section 108 program is a priority of the Northeast-Midwest Senate and House Coalitions since the move would make the BEDI program accessible to more communities. Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and James Jeffords (I-VT) sponsored S. 1079, a bill that would have created BEDI as an independent grant program.

 

REPORT: RURAL SMART GROWTH
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The Northeast-Midwest Institute has released, Smart Growth at the Frontier: Strategies and Resources for Rural Communities. The new report illustrates promising rural growth strategies that revitalize small towns; link natural resource protection with resort and residential development; maintain farm and forest land; and coordinate regional development. Printed copies of this report may be purchased by calling 202/544-5200.

 

REPORT: BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT
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The federal Clean Water State Revolving Fund can be a potentially significant source of funding for cleaning up brownfields and underground storage tanks (USTs) where water quality may be threatened, according to a new Northeast-Midwest Institute report. Using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund for Brownfields and USTfields details how states can use the Fund for assessing and remediating these sites. It also provides a primer on the Fund, its programs, and features examples of how Maryland, New Mexico, New York, and Ohio have begun using the Fund for brownfield and underground storage tank projects. Printed copies of the report may be purchased by calling 202/544-5200.