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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 1 May 2000

      The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Wednesday, May 3, will host a
briefing on the region's water infrastructure crisis.  Over the next
two decades, communities of all sizes, in every congressional
district, will need to make significant upgrades to their drinking
water and wastewater treatment systems.  The briefing will feature a
new report outlining water infrastructure needs, as well as findings
by Environmental Protection Agency officials.

      The report was developed under the auspices of the Water
Infrastructure Network (WIN), a coalition of local elected officials,
wastewater treatment and drinking water providers, environmental
organizations, contractors, and environmental engineers.  It
highlights the increasing "gap" between the nation's water
infrastructure needs and the federal government's financial commitment
to safe and clean water.

      The briefing on May 3 will begin at 3:00 pm in room SC-6 of the
U.S. Capitol.

      The Great Lakes Ballast Technology Demonstration Project seeks
the assistance of the marine industry in designing cost-effective,
operationally-sound, and biologically-effective ballast water
treatment solutions. To this end, the project, which is coordinated by
the Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Lake Carriers Association, is
offering funds for six-month full-scale design studies by teams of
ship owners/naval architects and treatment vendors of promising
ballast water treatment systems. Designs for installation in both new
and existing ships are of interest. The RFP can be obtained on the
Internet at http://www.nemw.org/biopollute.htm or by contacting
Allegra Cangelosi at acangelo@nemw.org.

      Senators Jim Jeffords (R-VT), Carl Levin (D-MI), Patrick Leahy
(D-VT), Max Cleland (D-GA), Ted Kennedy (D-MA), and Daniel Patrick
Moynihan (D-NY) last week asked appropriators to support the
Environmental Protection Agency's smart growth efforts.  Specifically,
the lawmakers advanced the Innovative Community Partnership Program
that will help states and localities take smart growth and livability
approaches in order to achieve a better environment.

      Leaders of the Senate Smart Growth Task Force also encouraged
public television stations across the country to broadcast Subdivide
and Conquer:  A Modern Western.  Narrated by Dennis Weaver and
heralded at the 1999 Telluride Mountain Film Festival, the show
describes how sprawl impacts peoples' lives and what some communities
are doing to change the way we grow.

      Senator Cleland, in cooperation with the task force, last week
hosted a two-day hearing in Athens, Georgia, showcasing community
efforts in land use planning and alternative transportation modes.

      The Northeast-Midwest Institute is looking for a research
assistant to join its team examining trade and transportation issues
in the Upper Midwest. The candidate will work with transportation and
rural development analysts to research and evaluate freight and
passenger transportation trends. He/she also will suggest policies to
improve the region's mobility and transportation system efficiency.
The project's objective is to ensure that the Upper Midwest's
infrastructure is capable of serving future international trade and
transportation needs.

      Applicants should have experience with freight and passenger
transportation issues and/or business logistics trends, and they
should understand how such issues and trends relate to economic
development strategies.  Go to http://www.nemw.org/jobs.htm for a more 
detailed job description.

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