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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 3 November 2003



H E A D L I N E S

 

*  Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes

*  Appropriations Update

*  >From Brownfields to Housing

*  Combined Sewer Overflows

 

 

ALGAL BLOOMS IN THE GREAT LAKES

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The Senate Great Lakes Task Force successfully amended the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Amendments Act (S. 247) in order to address problems in the Great Lakes.  This Senate-approved bill directs the Inter-Agency Task Force on Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia to complete and submit to Congress scientific assessments of:  (1) Great Lakes harmful algal blooms; and (2) hypoxia in U.S. coastal waters, including the Great Lakes.

 

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

 

 

APPROPRIATIONS UPDATE

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute web site offers updates on congressional appropriations that are important to the region.  To date, only three of the 13 appropriation bills -- Defense, Homeland Security, and Legislative Branch -- have been enacted.  The Interior bill was conferenced last week, and the nine other appropriation measures await House-Senate negotiations.  Congress last week approved a third continuing resolution in order to keep the federal government operating through November 7.

 

 

FROM BROWNFIELDS TO HOUSING

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute has released a new report on converting brownfields to housing.  Brownfield redevelopment -- the cleanup and reuse of abandoned properties with real or suspected contamination -- offers communities a range of housing opportunities.  At the federal level, more flexibility in awarding Federal Housing Administration mortgage insurance for residential brownfield redevelopment would remove a significant barrier to housing construction on remediated sites.

 

Click here to go to the report, written by Danielle Schopp.

 

 

COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOWS

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Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Carl Levin (D-MI) plan to offer an amendment to the VA-HUD Appropriations Bill that would expand funding opportunities for projects that correct combined-sewer-overflow problems.  The amendment would expand the authorization of the Wet Weather Water Quality Act to fiscal 2004 and 2005.

 

Contact:  Ginny Worrest with Senator Snowe (202/224-5344).