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Weekly Update   12 February 2007



  • State Energy and Low-Income Energy Programs -- Briefing
  • Chesapeake Bay Task Force -- Meeting
  • Great Lakes Provisions in Water Resources Development Act -- Letter


State Energy and Low-Income Energy Programs – Briefing


A Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, February 13, will focus on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and low-income energy activities by the states.   State officials will describe innovative local approaches, as well as review the administration's fiscal 2008 budget proposal.  Federally-funded programs to be discussed will include the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), State Energy Program (SEP), and Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program. The February 13 briefing will run from 3:00 pm until 4:30 pm in 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Contact: Ari Strauss with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).


Chesapeake Bay Task Force – Meeting  

The Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force co-chairs – Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD), Bobby Scott (D-VA) and Tom Davis (R-VA) – are convening the first meeting of the Task Force in the 110th Congress.  The Northeast-Midwest Institute will sponsor the breakfast meeting, which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, February 16, in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.  State and private groups, as well as the administration, will discuss the state of the Bay and progress of the clean up.  Task Force members also will discuss legislative and appropriations strategies for the upcoming session of Congress.  Contact:  Peter Marx with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4008).


Great Lakes Provisions in Water Resources Development Act -- Letter


The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces are circulating letters that seek several legislative provisions within WRDA for the Army Corps of Engineers.  Principal among the requests is authorization for the dispersal barrier in the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal.  Additional requests include reauthorizing the Remedial Action Plan and Sediment Remediation Program; allowing in-kind contributions for the Great Lakes Fishery & Ecosystem Restoration program and the John Glenn Basin Program; and authorizing a study on erosion in the St. Clair River.  The signature deadline is February 26.  Contact: Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211). 


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