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This week, the House continues its examination of the fiscal year 2013 President’s budget request.

Tuesday:

US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration FY13 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
March 6 — 9:30am; B-308 Rayburn

US Geological Survey FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 6 — 1pm; B-308 Rayburn

US Environmental Protection Agency, NOAA FY13 budget hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
March 6 — 2pm; 2318 Rayburn

Wednesday:

NOAA FY13 budget hearing
Senate Commerce, Science & Transportation Committee
March 7 — 2:30pm; 253 Russell

White House Council on Environmental Quality FY 13 budget hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
March 7 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

Agriculture conservation FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Agriculture Subcommittee
March 7 — 10am; 2362-A Rayburn

US Army Corps of Engineers FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy and Water Development Subcommittee
March 7 — 2pm; 2362-B Rayburn

Thursday:

Department of Energy FY13 budget hearing
House Energy & Commerce Committee — Energy & Power Subcommittee
March 8 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

Friday:

Farm bill field hearing
House Agriculture Committee
March 9 — 9am; Saranac Lake, NY

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The US House of Representatives is scheduled this week to take up a bill (H.R. 1837) that could have broad implications for the Endangered Species Act and water law and management.

Monday:

Natural gas development and jobs field hearing
House Natural Resources — Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee
February 27 — 9am; Steubenville, Ohio

Tuesday:

Farm bill conservation hearing
Senate Agriculture Committee
February 28 — 10am; 216 Hart

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
February 28 — 10am; 366 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
Senate Environment & Public Works Committee — Water & Wildlife Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 406 Dirksen

Water infrastructure hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Environmental Protection Agency FY13 budget hearing
House Energy & Commerce Committee — Energy and Power Subcommittee
February 28 — 10am; 2123 Rayburn

Energy department FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Energy & Water Development Subcommittee
February 28 — 2pm; 2359 Rayburn

Wednesday:

Interior department FY13 budget hearing
Senate Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 9:30am; 124 Dirksen

National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Commerce, Justice, Science Subcommittee
February 29 — 10am; H-309 Capitol Building

EPA FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
February 29 — 1pm; 2359 Rayburn

Thursday:

Fish & Wildlife Service FY13 budget hearing
House Appropriations Committee — Interior & Environment Subcommittee
March 1 — 9am; B-308 Rayburn

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute seeks to hire a senior project manager who is highly skilled at collaborative project management in the areas of hydrology, water monitoring systems, and governmental environmental protection policy.   The candidate will lead the Northeast-Midwest Institute’s multi-year project to assess and improve the Northeast-Midwest Region’s “Water Information Supply.”  The project will carefully inventory, assess, and analyze the region’s system of water quality and quantity monitoring to determine its ability to address pressing questions raised by real-world resource-development and use scenarios, present and future, including intense hydraulic fracturing, agricultural development practices, and urban expansion.  NEMWI will communicate project output to NEMW region decision-makers in Washington and the region periodically throughout the project period.  This Northeast-Midwest project is a cooperative effort with the USGS.  The successful candidate shall demonstrate competency in:

  • Fresh water hydrology and quality and quantity issues
  • Current and emerging water quality and quantity monitoring methods and data analysis approaches
  • Project leadership specifically in carrying out collaborative policy-oriented efforts with tangible deliverables
  • Federal, state and non-governmental monitoring programs and their historic interrelationships
  • Familiarity with state, federal agency and Congressional policy-making processes
  • Successful non-profit fundraising experience
  • Team work and constructive problem-solving

The successful candidate will hold at least a Master’s degree in a relevant field (hydrology, aquatic sciences, geographic information systems data modeling, etc.), and have at least 10 years professional experience in the field as well as excellent written and oral communications skills.  The successful candidate will have authentic respect for divergent political and technical perspectives, and have the capacity to bring diverse stakeholders together constructively behind strong facts.

Type: Senior Policy/Science  |  Term:  Full-Time

Topic: Regional Water Quality/Quantity Monitoring Systems, Federal Policy

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington-based, nonpartisan non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a full benefits package.  Salary for this position will be competitive and commensurate with experience.  NEMWI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Applications are due by December 15, 2011.  Please e-mail a cover letter and resume to acangelo@nemw.org with the subject line “Water Information Supply.”

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This week, House and Senate conferees completed consideration of the first “minibus” package of appropriations bills (H.R. 2112), which includes funding for the Commerce, Agriculture and Transportation departments.  The House is set to vote on the final package later this week, perhaps tomorrow, and the Senate will follow thereafter.  The bill includes a continuing resolution to fund the federal government at current fiscal year 2011 levels through December 16.  Report language can be found on the House Rules Committee website.

  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would receive nearly $5 billion.  Agency funding increases are directed primarily at climate and weather satellites (page 12 of the report).
  • The agriculture department’s Wetlands Reserve Program would be capped at 185,800 acres and the Open Fields program would be eliminated.  The bill also provides $5,000,000 for the Conservation Delivery Streamlining Initiative (page 75 of the report).

Meanwhile, the Senate is struggling with another minibus, and was unable to include the Energy and Water Development spending bill in that package.  The Senate began solo consideration of the EWD bill (H.R. 2354) yesterday and continues today.

It is unclear exactly how many minibuses there will ultimately be–and how the Interior and Environment bill fits into the current scenario.

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The Senate will continue its consideration of fiscal year 2012 appropriations as it brings a “minibus” of three spending bills to the floor:  Energy and Water, Financial Services, and State and Foreign Operations.  Some reports suggest that an amendment will be offered to the minibus (specifically, the Energy & Water bill, H.R. 2354) to prevent the US Army Corps of Engineers from revising its Clean Water Act guidance.

The previous minibus, which included the Agriculture and Commerce-Justice-Science bills, is currently being conferenced.

The federal government is operating under a continuing resolution that is set to expire this Friday, November 18.  All unfinished appropriations will require another CR.

Also this week, the House will likely consider a Coast Guard reauthorization bill (H.R. 2838) that carries provisions for the regulation of invasive species in ballast water.

Monday:

Marcellus Shale field hearing
Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee
November 14 — 10am; Charleston, West Virginia

Wednesday:

Hydraulic fracturing and regulatory approaches hearing
House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee — Water Resources Subcommittee
November 16 — 10am; 2167 Rayburn

Thursday:

EPA science in rulemaking hearing
House Science, Space & Technology Committee — Energy & Environment Subcommittee
November 17 — 2pm; 2318 Rayburn

Public lands bills markup
House Natural Resources Committee
November 17 — 10am; 1324 Longworth
Includes:

  • National Wildlife Refuge System stamp bill (H.R. 2236)
  • Electronic duck stamp bill (H.R. 3117)

The House is not in session next week.  The Senate has not yet determined if it will recess next week as well.

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The Senate is likely to begin addressing another small package of fiscal year 2012 appropriations bills which will include Energy and Water, Financial Services, and State and Foreign Operations spending legislation.  The Energy and Water Development bill includes funding for the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Bill text and report language can be found on the Senate Appropriations Committee website.

The House is in recess this week.

Thursday:

Public lands bills markup — may include National Historical Parks in Maryland and Delaware, and S. 970 – A bill to designate additional segments and tributaries of White Clay Creek, in Delaware and Pennsylvania in the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
November 10 — 9:30am; 366 Dirksen

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Tuesday:

National Wildlife Refuge and duck stamp hearing
House Natural Resources Committee — Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans & Insular Affairs Subcommittee
October 25 — 2pm; 1324 Longworth

Wednesday:

Ocean policy oversight hearing
House Natural Resources Committee
October 26 — 10am; 1324 Longworth

“Supercommittee” discretionary spending hearing
Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction
October 26 — 10am; 216 Hart

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