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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 12 May 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Briefing:  Railroad Security

* Letter:  Great Lakes Water Levels

* Letter:  Brownfields Funding

* Letter:  Urban Parks

* Conference:  Aquatic Invasive Species

 

 

BRIEFING:  RAILROAD SECURITY

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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, as well as Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Michael Castle (R-DE), on Friday, May 16, will host a briefing on the Bush Administration's rail security efforts.  Speakers will include representatives of the Transportation Security Administration and Federal Railroad Administration.

 

The May 16 briefing will begin at 11:00 am in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.  Refreshments will be served.

 

Contact:  Steve Scango with Rep. Castle (202/225-4165).

 

 

LETTER:  GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS

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The House Great Lakes Task Force is seeking signatures on a letter supporting authorization of the Great Lakes Water Levels Observation Network in the Hydrographic Services Amendment Act of 2003 (H.R. 958).  The Water Levels Observation Network currently operates a system of water gauges throughout the Great Lakes, and its data are used by recreational and commercial boats.  The new authorization would allow for the network's permanent funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 

Contact:  Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 

 

LETTER:  BROWNFIELDS FUNDING

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Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), James Jeffords (I-VT), and Lincoln Chafee (R-RI) are requesting signatures on a letter that seeks $250 million in appropriations for the Environmental Protection Agency's brownfield program and $25 million for efforts at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  EPA received 1,300 applications for its new brownfield program, but the agency anticipates it will be able to support only 150 to 200 grants with the funding it received in fiscal 2003.

 

Contact:  Dan Persky with Senator Levin (202/224-2683)

 

 

LETTER:  URBAN PARKS

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Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Norm Coleman (R-MN) are seeking signatures on a letter that requests $25 million in appropriations for the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program.  UPARR provides funds to rehabilitate parks and recreational facilities in distressed communities.

Contact:  Dan Persky with Senator Levin (202/224-2683).

 

 

CONFERENCE:  AQUATIC INVASIVE SPECIES

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Mayor Richard Daley will be hosting, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, an Aquatic Invasive Species Summit in Chicago on May 14-15.  Participants will include experts from around the world, including Allegra Cangelosi of the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  Mayor Daley also is helping to launch the Great Lakes Cities Initiative, which soon will open an office in Chicago in order to help the region's mayors advance restoration and protection policies.