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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 March 2005






Weekly Update 14 March 2005



·        Manufacturing “Hill Day”  

·        Contaminated Sediments  

·        Great Lakes Water Resources   


Manufacturing “Hill Day”


The American Small Manufacturers Coalition on Thursday, March 17, is sponsoring several events on Capitol Hill for small manufacturers and CEOs of Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Centers from across the country.  A reception will run from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm in the Rayburn Foyer.


In other MEP news, the Senate Budget Committee chairman, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), accepted an amendment, introduced by Sens. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), to the fiscal 2006 Budget Resolution calling for full funding of MEP.  Senators this week will distribute a letter seeking MEP appropriations.  Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).


Contaminated Sediments


The Northeast-Midwest Institute recently completed a two-year study with economists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and San Francisco State University to estimate how much the overall value of residential property values in the City of Waukegan, Illinois, and surrounding Lake County communities might be influenced by the cleanup of contaminated sediments in Waukegan Harbor.  Waukegan Harbor is one of 41 Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes region. Using local data and advanced analytical techniques, the study concluded that full cleanup of the harbor could increase residential property values in the City of Waukegan 10 to 15 percent (equivalent to hundreds of million of dollars), with additional value realized elsewhere in Lake County. It is hoped the study’s results will encourage contaminated-sediment remediation in the Waukegan Harbor area, as well as provide leverage for the use of economic benefits analysis in Area of Concern decision-making, generally. The February 2005 issue of the Journal of Great Lakes Research -- J. Great Lakes Res. 30(4) -- contains an article describing the results of this study in greater detail.  Contact:  Nicole Mays at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544 5200).


Great Lakes Water Resources


The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating letters among other members in support of Great Lakes provisions to be included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The provisions relate to operations of the electric dispersal barrier in the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, the allowance of in-kind contributions for existing Great Lakes programs and clarification of cost-sharing, the expansion of the beneficial use of dredge material, and reauthorization of the Great Lakes Remedial Action Plans & Sediment Remediation program and the Great Lakes Sediment Management Program. Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211).


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