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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 13 September 2004

Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 13 September 2004


·        Biological Pollution

·        LIHEAP

·        Great Lakes Water Quality

·        Energy Modeling




On September 12-14, the Northeast-Midwest Institute, in collaboration with the Delta Institute, Kestrel Management Services, and the National Wildlife Federation, will host a conference, “Addressing Biological Pollution in the Great Lakes,” at the Johnson Foundation’s Wingspread Conference Center in Racine, WI.  This conference is part of the Great Lakes Biological Pollution Prevention Project, which is funded by a grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund.  By convening representatives from the maritime transportation industry, Great Lakes port authorities, and state and federal governments, the project aims to develop and implement a systems-based approach for preventing invasive species introductions to the Great Lakes from ocean-going cargo vessels.



The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition on Friday, September 10, sent a letter asking the Department of Health and Human Services to transfer funds to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) before the end of the fiscal year.  The letter, coordinated by Coalition co-chairs Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), notes that Americans are facing record high prices for oil, natural gas, and propane; states need additional funding immediately in order to help low-income families and seniors reduce their energy burden this year. 

The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition is circulating a similar letter among House members.  The signature deadline is Monday, September 13, and the contact is Michael Beckerman (202/226-9496).

The House last week approved an amendment, promoted by Rep. Bernard Sanders (I-VT), transferring $22 million to LIHEAP and the Weatherization program.  The amendment, adopted on a 305-114 vote, was to the fiscal 2005 Labor-HHS appropriation bill (H.R. 5006).





The International Joint Commission (IJC) on Tuesday, September 14, will brief the Great Lakes Task Forces on its 12th Biennial Report on Great Lakes Water Quality.  For the past 24 years, the IJC has reported on the progress being made towards the goals of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, which seeks to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Great Lakes.  The September 14 briefing will begin at 3:30 pm in room SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol.



A conference is scheduled for November 18 on bridging the gap between regional energy models and the concrete challenges of governance in today’s uncertain world.  Entitled “Building from First Principles of Good Energy Modeling:  Why Policymakers Should Care,” the event will be held in
Waltham, Massachusetts, from 8:30 am until 4:00 pm.  It is sponsored by the Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, Argonne National Laboratory, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership, and Northeast-Midwest Institute.  Contact:  Susanne Watson at NESCAUM (617/367-8540 ext 280).