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W E E K L Y     U P D A T E   June 23, 2015
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NEMWI Unveils New Website


NEMWI's new website went live on June 17, 2015. In addition to a fresh new look, the website presents NEMWI's work organized by six major policy areas:


Restoring our Waterways

Waterborne Trade & Invasive Species

Revitalizing Older Cities

Growing Manufacturing & Workforce

Improving Water, Waterways, & Water Infrastructure

Sustaining Agriculture & a Healthy Food Supply


The new website offers simple and logical navigation between Policy Areas and the Institute's Initiatives and other website features. NEMWI Reports, Briefings, Webinars and other presentations are now all in one easy-to-locate place and most are available for download directly to your desktop. Check it out at and let us know what you think!


For more information, contact Hope Ratner, Administrative Manager at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

  NEMWI Presents New Water Quality Report at Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual Meeting  

Following up on the release of the NEMWI and U.S. Geological Survey's new study evaluating water data in the Lake Erie Basin, Elin Betanzo, Senior Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, participated in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Annual meeting in Sarnia, Ontario on June 18, 2015. Ms. Betanzo's work explores the amounts of water data needed and available to answer "How effective are agricultural management practices at reducing nutrients from nonpoint sources at the watershed scale?" in the Lake Erie drainage basin.


Ms. Betanzo stated that current water quality monitoring in the Lake Erie drainage basin is inadequate for measuring the effectiveness of agriculture management practices at the watershed scale. Additional targeted water monitoring in small watersheds, an increase in agricultural management practice use, and enhanced collaboration and coordination among water monitoring organizations and agriculture agencies are needed to use resources effectively and measure results. Continued, long-term monitoring is also critical in the River Raisin, Maumee, and Sandusky River watersheds to detect nutrient load reductions to Lake Erie and measure progress toward water quality goals. The report is available at    


For more information, contact Elin Betanzo, Sr. Policy Analyst, at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 


  NEMWI BRIEFING: Asian Carp Framework 2015 - Great Lakes, Ohio River, & Upper Mississippi River Basins, June 30  

The NEMWI will host a Capitol Hill briefing on Tuesday, June 30, 2015, from 10-11:30 AM on monitoring, management, and research related to combating Asian Carp in the Great lakes, Ohio River, and Upper Mississippi River Basins. The briefing will feature federal agency representatives from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Co-Chairs of the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee), as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Geological Service. The briefing will cover upcoming 2015 efforts, including research of control technologies, efforts to halt one-way passage of invasive species at the Brandon Road Lock & Dam in Joliet, Illinois, and ongoing monitoring and removal efforts in partnership with the states. Recent spending bills, passed by the House and passed out of Committee by the Senate, provide support to finishing the electrical barriers in Illinois as well as to further the design and study of additional efforts.


Honorary cosponsors of this briefing are Senate Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chairs Senators Mark Kirk and Debbie Stabenow; Senate Vice-Chairs Senators Rob Portman and Amy Klobuchar; House Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chairs Congresswoman Miller, Congresswoman Kaptur, Congressman Duffy, & Congresswoman Slaughter.


Asian Carp Framework 2015 - Great Lakes, Ohio River, & Upper Mississippi River Basins

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Capitol Visitor Center, Senate Side, SVC-200

10:00-11:30 a.m.

Please RSVP


For more information, contact Danielle Chesky, Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  


  This Week in Congress

This Thursday and Friday, the U.S. House is scheduled to consider its fiscal year 2016 Interior and Environment spending bill funding the Department of Interior, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Forest Service. The current proposed bill would reduce funding for some regionally-significant programs, including EPA's Brownfield Projects and the Clean and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds. The bill also contains multiple policy riders, including those dealing with the Waters of the U.S. Rule and endangered species. Once passed, the bill will become the seventh annual appropriations measure advanced by the House this year. Thus far, the Senate has not passed any individual 2016 spending bills. In addition to that floor action, here is some House and Senate committee activity currently scheduled for the week ahead that is particularly relevant to the Region:



  • Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee oversight hearing to examine the National Flood Insurance Program; 10:00 AM, room 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
  • Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies business meeting to markup its fiscal year 2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act; 10:00 AM, room 138, Dirksen Senate Office Building.
  • Joint Hearing of the Senate Budget and Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committees to "Account for True Cost of Regulation and Explore the Possibility of a Regulatory Budget"; 10:00 AM, room G50 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
  • House Rules Committee meeting to set the rules for consideration of the fiscal year 2016  Interior and Environment appropriations bill; 5:00 PM, room H-313 Capitol Building.


  • Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee hearing entitled "Assessing and Improving Flood Insurance Management and Accountability in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy"; 10:00 AM, room 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building.


For more information, contact Mark Gorman , Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute or Danielle Chesky , Director of the Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 


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