H E A D L I N E S
* Briefing: Wind Power Prospects
* Awards Ceremony: Energy Entrepreneurs
* Briefing: Great Lakes Security
* Brownfields and Smart Growth
* Combined Sewer Overflow
* Contaminated Sediments
* Water Quality and Infrastructure
BRIEFING: WIND POWER PROSPECTS
The Northeast Midwest House Coalition on Monday, April 29, is hosting a briefing on prospects for wind power in the Northeast and Midwest. Speakers will be from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, American Wind Energy Association, and Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association. The April 29 briefing will be held in room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm.
Contact: Olwen Huxley with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).
AWARDS CEREMONY: ENERGY ENTREPRENEURS
The Northeast-Midwest Institute on Tuesday, April 30, will host a celebration of entrepreneurs for energy efficiency. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT) will discuss the role of the federal Inventions and Innovations Program, as well as present awards to successful energy entrepreneurs from Maine, Rhode Island, Illinois, Michigan, South Carolina, and Texas.
The breakfast on April 30 will be served at 8:30 am, while the hour-long program will begin at 9:00 am in the Lyndon B. Johnson Room (S-211) of the U.S. Capitol.
Contact: Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).
BRIEFING: GREAT LAKES SECURITY
The Great Lakes Task Forces on Friday, May 3, will host a briefing by the Coast Guard, Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the Army Corps of Engineers on the status of security measures for shipping, navigational infrastructure, and other facilities located along the Great Lakes. The briefing will begin at 2:00 pm in 2325 Rayburn House Office Building.
Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
BROWNFIELDS AND SMART GROWTH
The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee last week passed the Brownfield Site Redevelopment Assistance Act (S.1079), which provides the Economic Development Administration with the legislative authority and dedicated funding, $60 million a year for five years, to fully participate in brownfield redevelopment. The bill was introduced by Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition members: Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), James Jeffords (I-VT), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Charles Schumer (D-NY), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Jon Corzine (D-NJ), Paul Sarbanes (D-MD), and Mark Dayton (D-MN).
The panel also approved the Community Character Act (S. 975) that authorizes $25 million a year for five years -- through grants to states -- to design or update community land use plans. It is the first smart growth planning grant program to pass the committee. The bill was introduced by Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition members: Senators Lincoln Chafee (R-RI), Jeffords, Levin, Arlen Specter (R-PA), and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT).
Contact: Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (224-0606).
COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOW
Reps. Jack Quinn (R-NY) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest House Coalition -- together with Reps. James Barcia (D-MI), Mike Doyle (D-PA), Steve LaTourette (R-OH), John McHugh (R-NY), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) -- are circulating a letter asking the Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment to consider a general authorization for the Corps of Engineers to assist communities with their Combined Sewer Overflow/Sanitary Sewer Overflow (CSO/SSO) work. CSO communities are heavily concentrated in northeastern and midwestern states. The deadline to sign on to this letter is Monday, April 29th.
Contact: Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (226-9497).
The Northeast-Midwest Institute continues its work on economic valuation of contaminated sediment remediation in the Waukegan Harbor Area of Concern, a project funded by EPA's Great Lakes National Program Office. Economists from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and San Francisco State University have designed a survey to be administered to local homeowners in Waukegan and the surrounding area; the survey will serve as a means for estimating the value homeowners place on sediment remediation and harbor redevelopment. The survey was tested by a focus group in Waukegan on April 26th, and will be revised and formally administered shortly thereafter.
Contact: Jessica Taverna at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).
WATER QUALITY AND INFRASTRUCTURE
The Institute’s Water Quality and Infrastructure web page -- http://www.nemw.org/water.htm -- includes new overviews of current wastewater and water issues, as well as updates on legislation, funding, and administration of key federal programs. The site focuses on financing wastewater and water infrastructure (i.e. Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Funds) and wet weather issues (i.e. stormwater and combined and sanitary sewer overflows). It also includes information on: atmospheric deposition (including confined animal feeding operations), arsenic, MTBE, droughts, estuaries and coastal waters, nonpoint source pollution control, rural water resources, smart growth and sprawl, total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), and wetlands restoration and permitting. Feedback is welcome.
Contact: Tracy Norfleet at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).