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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 27 May 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Legislation:  Great Lakes Monitoring and Indicators

* Letter:  Great Lakes Water Levels

* Senate Manufacturing Task Force

 

 

LEGISLATION:  GREAT LAKES MONITORING AND INDICATORS

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Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mike DeWine (R-OH), co-chairs of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, last week introduced the Great Lakes Water Quality Monitoring Implementation Act.  A recent General Accounting Office report on Great Lakes programs recommends the Environmental Protection Agency take the lead in developing a master set of environmental indicators and a monitoring system that would be more useful for evaluating progress and making decisions about restoration programs.  The legislation, also cosponsored by Senators Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and George Voinovich (R-OH), strengthens the authority of EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office, allowing it to coordinate the work of federal agencies and work with Canada to develop indicators and a monitoring network.

 

Contacts:  Amber Jones (202/224-4325) or Joy Mulinex (202/224-1211) with the Senate Great Lakes Task Force.

 

 

LETTER:  GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS

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The House Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter to the House Resources Committee in support of an amendment, sponsored by Congressman Dale Kildee (D-MI), to the Hydrographic Services Amendment (H.R. 958).  Rep. Kildee's amendment would authorize $2 million per year for the Great Lakes Water Levels Observation Network. The signature deadline for this letter is June 2nd.

 

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

 

 

SENATE MANUFACTURING TASK FORCE

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Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are inviting colleagues to join the bipartisan Senate Task Force on Manufacturing.  Established in 1996, the Task Force works to advance policies that promote the U.S. manufacturing industry.  During the 108th Congress, the Task Force will host briefings by industry experts on the challenges facing U.S. manufacturers; work toward creating a permanent, effective R&D policy for manufacturing; and seek appropriations for important programs such as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

 

Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).