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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 22 May 2006






Weekly Update 22 May 2006


·        Great Lakes Restoration – Legislation

·        Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance – Letter

·        Modernizing the Grid – Northeast Conference

Great Lakes Restoration – Legislation


Senators Mike DeWine (R-OH), George Voinovich (R-OH), Carl Levin (D-MI), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) have introduced legislation that codifies the Great Lakes Executive Order in order to permanently establish the federal Great Lakes Interagency Task Force and the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.  The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on May 23 will mark up that bill, as well as the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act (S. 2430). 


A committee amendment to S. 2430 will: (1) add to the definition of "regional projects" in order to require that these projects impact multiple states or tribes; (2) change the annual reporting requirement so that the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), rather than produce an annual report, will be required to put the same data on a website for public access; (3) require the FWS to continue to monitor the status of fish and wildlife resources and to update the Great Lakes Fishery Resources Restoration Study as needed; and (4) allow the FWS to roll any unused regional project funds back into restoration grants. 


Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).


Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance -- Letter

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Carl Levin (D-MI) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks appropriators for an additional $2 million for the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program of the National Park Service. Through extensive partnerships between state, federal, and local interests, RTCA helps restore rivers, preserve open space, and develop trail and greenway networks – all enhancing quality of life and close-to-home recreation opportunities.  Contacts:  David Hunter with Sen. Collins (202/224-3364) or Alice Yates with Sen. Levin (202/224-2683).

Modern Electricity Grid – Northeast Conference


A Northeast regional summit on Modernizing the Grid will be held on June 25 – 27, 2006, at the Cranwell Resort in Lenox, Massachusetts.  Participants will help build a shared agenda for modernizing the regional and national electricity infrastructure.  Future investments in the electricity industry must be carefully directed toward improving reliability and efficiency while reducing costs and environmental impacts.  Contact:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).  



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