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Conservationists spotlight Columbia River Treaty

This June 3, 2011, file photo shows the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River near Cascade Locks, Ore. The federal government will release, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, a final version of its management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead killed by federal dams on the Columbia River. (Associated Press)
This June 3, 2011, file photo shows the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River near Cascade Locks, Ore. The federal government will release, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, a final version of its management plan for protecting salmon and steelhead killed by federal dams on the Columbia River. (Associated Press)

CONSERVATION — The effort to modernize the international Columbia River Treaty and perhaps return salmon upstream over Grand Coulee Dam will be highlighted in an annual conservation benefit program during an evening of food and presentations on Friday, Feb. 21, at the  Patsy Clark Mansion in Spokane.

D.R. Michel, Upper Columbia United Tribes executive director, will present the keynote address in the program organized by the Center for Environmental Law & Policy. 

The 2014 “watershed heroes” to be honored at the program include two Washington State University emeritus professors — Norman Whittlesey and Walter Butcher — for their contributions in water economics and ongoing scrutiny of costly federal and state irrigation projects proposed for our region.  

“Their academic integrity in service to the public has helped protect rivers, taxpayers, and ratepayers for decades,” said John Osborn, the event's co-organizer. 

The event will begin at  6:30 p.m. at the Mansion, 2208 W. 2nd Ave.

RSVP: John Osborn, john@waterplanet.ws , (509) 939-1290.

Tickets are $25 (click here or pay at the Patsy Clark Mansion).




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