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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 17 April 2000

      Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and Bobby Scott (D-VA) are
collaborating to form a Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force. The
bipartisan group, which works closely with the Northeast-Midwest
Congressional Coalition, will provide a forum for discussion and a
point of focus in Congress for matters pertaining to restoration and
conservation throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  It will
facilitate discussion and consensus among the 32-person delegation on
Chesapeake-related natural resource issues, host briefings, coordinate
appropriations requests, and develop legislative priorities for the
benefit of congressional districts in the watershed.

      The Task Force's official launch will take place May 11, 2000, at
which EPA Deputy Administrator Michael McCabe and Dr. Walter Boynton
from the University of Maryland Center for Environmental and Estuarine
Studies will address the Task Force membership on the latest
developments in smart growth and watershed management in the
Chesapeake Bay region.

      On a related note, the House last week reauthorized the
Chesapeake Bay Program.  H.R. 3039 authorizes $30 million a year for
fiscal year 2000 through 2005 for technical assistance and assistance
grants to nonprofit organizations, state and local governments,
colleges and universities, and interstate agencies in order to assist
in the Bay's environmental restoration.

      CONTACTS:  Sally McGee with Rep. Gilchrest (225-5311) and Olwen
Huxley with the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

      The House of Representatives last week approved legislation that
in part would provide for an heating oil reserve in the Northeast.
The provision, which would provide for a two-million barrel reserve,
seeks to prevent price hikes similar to what occurred this winter.
The overall measure was approved on a vote of 416 to 5.

      Meanwhile, despite opposition from oil-state lawmakers,
northeastern senators are meeting to advance similar provisions.

      Canada last week, in response to an earlier U.S. increase, raised
its contribution to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.  The House and
Senate Great Lakes Task Forces advanced increased appropriations in
the fiscal 2000 budget and encouraged the Canadians to provide the
requisite funding match.  The Commission, located in Ann Arbor,
Michigan, seeks to restore Great Lakes fish populations devastated by
sea lamprey predation and overfishing.

      Northeast-Midwest Coalition leaders have sent numerous letters
asking appropriators to provide adequate funds for programs important
to the region.  Several were delivered last week.  Reps. Marty Meehan
(D-MA) and Bob Franks (R-NJ), for instance, led a letter signed by 43
House members on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund, Drinking Water
State Revolving Fund, Pollution Prevention Grants, and Nonpoint Source
Pollution Control Grants.  ... Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Joseph
Lieberman (D-CT), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) sent a letter on the
MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP, which helps small and mid-sized
U.S. manufacturers modernize to compete in the demanding global
marketplace.  ... Reps. Bart Stupak (D-MI) and Wayne Gilchrest led a
letter from 16 representatives  and Senators  Jim Jeffords (R-VT),
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Carl Levin (D-
MI), Mike DeWine (R-OH), and Charles Schumer (D-NY) sent a similar
letter  on funding for REGION 9 OF THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE.  ...
Reps. Sam Gejdenson (D-CT) and Jim Greenwood (R-PA) spearheaded a
letter from 42 House members on the ENERGY STAR program, a voluntary,
market-based initiative that highlights efficient products and
processes. ... Senators Lieberman and Bill Frist (R-TN) led a letter
from 13 senators on ENDOCRINE DISRUPTOR research and screening.

      Joe Abe has joined the Northeast-Midwest Institute's team
investigating trade and transportation trends in the Upper Midwest.
He previously served as director of the Business Ecology Network and
strategic planner/futurist with the Environmental Protection Agency.
NATURAL EDGE, a book that applies natural principles to business
management/innovation.  ... The Institute continues to look for a
research assistant on Great Lakes environmental issues, a policy
analyst on invasive species, and a research assistant on
transportation trends.  Job descriptions are posted on the Institute's
web site http://www.nemw.org/jobs.htm.

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