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W E E K L Y     U P D A T E   February 9, 2016
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NEMWI Study Evaluates Water Monitoring in the Susquehanna River Basin
In case you missed it: NEMWI and the U .S. Geological Survey yesterday  r eleased a new study on water quality monitoring in the Susquehanna River Basin. The study found that current water quality monitoring is inadequate for detecting potential surface water or groundwater impacts of shale gas development activities in the Susquehanna River Basin. NEMWI will present the study findings in a webinar at 11:00 AM (EST) this Thursday, February 11. Register here. More information is available here on our website.

For more information, contact  Elin Betanzo, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
President's Budget Request and More on Capitol Hill This Week

The President's Budget Request was just released. Look for NEMWI's rapid analysis of top-line funding levels in the next 24 hours.

The House is set to consider the Safe Drinking Water Act Improved Compliance Awareness Act (H.R. 4470) on Wednesday. The bill would strengthen the U.S Environmental Protection Agency's ability to notify the public when concentrations of lead in drinking water are above federal requirements. The bill is sponsored by NEMW Coalition Members Reps. Dan Kildee (MI) and Fred Upton (MI).

In addition, several hearings of regional interest are listed below.

  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water, and Wildlife oversight hearing on "Federal Interactions with State Management of Fish and Wildlife,"  2:30 PM, 4 06 Dirksen Senate Office Building
  • Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works oversight hearing on "The Importance of Enacting a New Water Resources Development Act," 10:00 AM, 406 Dirksen Senate Office Building
  • House Committee on Natural Resources legislative hearing on four bills, including H.R. 2817, to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Historic Preservation Fund, 10:00 AM, 1324 Longworth House Office Building
For more information, contact Matthew McKenna , Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program,  or Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst,  at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 
Representatives Kaptur and Joyce address the Great Lakes Environmental Summit alongside NEWMI's President Dr. Michael Goff (r)  

Stakeholders Discuss Legislative Opportunities at NEMWI's Great Lakes Environmental Summit
Last Thursday, stakeholders from around the Great Lakes region convened in the Dirksen Senate Office Building for NEMWI's annual Great Lakes Environmental Summit. The objective of the Summit, an event of NEMWI's Great Lakes Washington Program, was to bring together stakeholders and discuss legislative opportunities in the second session of the 114th Congress to advance the environmental health of the Great Lakes. Participants at the Summit included Members of Congress, non-governmental organizations, federal agencies, states, industry, and Congressional staff involved with Great Lakes federal policy issues. Kicking off the Summit were Representatives Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) and David Joyce (R-OH), who serve on the House Appropriations Committee and are key leaders in Washington on Great Lakes issues. In her remarks, Representative Kaptur stressed the importance of federal investment in Great Lakes infrastructure and the need to look at the Great Lakes region as a single interconnected system. Representative Joyce discussed the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Act (H.R. 223), which would authorize the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for five years. Later in the program, Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI) provided an update on the Flint drinking water crisis and the work that he is doing in Congress to help his constituents as they try to move forward.  

For more information, contact  Matt McKenna, Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
NEMWI Hosts Annual Capitol Hill Reception for the Northeast-Midwest Region 
On Wednesday, February 3, 2016, the NEMWI hosted its annual "Reception for the Northeast-Midwest Region" in the Capitol Visitor Center. Over 100 people attended, representing states, Congressional and Senate Offices, federal agencies, and regional organizations. NEMW Coalition Co-Chairs Rep. Mike Kelly (OH) and Rep. James McGovern (MA)  spoke at the reception about the important bipartisan work that the Coalition achieves and the NEMWI informational support on which it relies.  
For more information, contact  Colleen Cain, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
NEMWI Welcomes Senior Policy Analyst for the Mississippi River Basin Program
NEMWI welcomes Jared Mott as senior policy analyst for the Mississippi River Basin program. He comes to the Institute from the Bull Moose Sportsmen's Alliance, a sportsmen's advocacy organization focused on conservation and access, where he served for five years as Policy Director. Prior to that, Jared worked at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and the National Wildlife Federation, where he focused on marine fisheries and the impacts of climate change for sportsmen, respectively. He is a graduate of Millsaps College and the University of Mississippi School of Law.

For more information, contact  Jared Mott, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

NEMWI: Strengthening the Region that Sustains the Nation