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GLIN==> Northeast-MIdwest Weekly Update -- 7 July 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Briefing:  Great Lakes Ecosystem Health

* Briefing:  Upper Mississippi River Ecosystem Health

* Appropriations:  Urban Parks and Recreation

* Briefing:  Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

* Field Forum:  Manufacturing

 

 

BRIEFING:  GREAT LAKES ECOSYSTEM HEALTH

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute and Great Lakes Task Forces will host a briefing on Tuesday, July 8, entitled State of the Great Lakes 2003: An Overview of Ecosystem Health.  Speakers will present a “big picture” snapshot of the Lakes' current condition.  A representative of EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office will discuss highlights from the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC), a process to assess the system's chemical, physical, and biological health.  A Nature Conservancy representative will explain the Great Lakes Ecoregional Plan designed to prioritize and guide the conservation of biological diversity.

 

The July 8 briefing will run from 11:00 a.m. to noon in 2318 Rayburn House Office Building.  Refreshments will be served.

 

Contacts:  Karen Vigmostad at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4016) or Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).

 

 

BRIEFING:  UPPER MISSISSIPPI RIVER ECOSYSTEM HEALTH

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The Upper Mississippi River Task Force will host a briefing by the Fish and Wildlife Service (F&WS) on Thursday, July 10, to discuss the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge and the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP) being prepared for the refuge.  F&WS representatives also will discuss the agency's views on the Army Corps' Upper Mississippi River System Navigation Study, focusing on the region's biological values and the anthropogenic threats to those values.  The July 10 briefing will run from 1:30 pm until 3:00 pm in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.

 

Contact:  Melissa Woods at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS:  URBAN PARKS AND RECREATION

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Thirty-one senators in May asked appropriators to provide $25 million to the Urban Parks and Recreation Recovery Program (UPARR), which had been zeroed out in the president's budget, in order to provide needed funding for parks and recreation facilities in underserved communities.  Since the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee this week will mark up its fiscal 2004 budget, Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) and other members of the Senate Smart Growth Task Force encourage offices to help save UPARR by calling members of the Appropriations Committee.

 

Contact:  Dan Persky with the Senate Smart Growth Task Force (202/224-2683).

 

 

BRIEFING:  GREAT LAKES ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LABORATORY

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is hosting a briefing on Friday, July 11, to discuss its diverse activities in the Great Lakes region.  Speakers from the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will discuss their programs, the Sea Grant Program, the Old Woman Creed National Estuarine Research Reserve, and other topics.  The July 11 briefing will begin at 10:00 a.m. in room HC-7 of the U.S. Capitol.

 

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

 

 

FIELD FORUM:  MANUFACTURING

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Reps. Mike Doyle (D-PA) and Melissa Hart (R-PA) and the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition will host a manufacturing forum on Monday, July 14, at Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburgh manufacturers and area experts will discuss what is happening with manufacturing, what works, and what still needs to be done to stop the hemorrhage of manufacturing jobs.  The July 14 event will run from 9:00 until 11:00 am at McConomy Auditorium at Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).