Stories tagged: Columbia River Treaty
Sun., Dec. 31, 2017
Outside View: Columbia River treaty a test for Trump
The following editorial appeared in the (Vancouver, Wash.) Columbian: Donald Trump’s first year in office was not marked by major foreign policy achievements. But with the new year comes a …
UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 12, 2017, 10:22 a.m.
Negotiations to start next year on updating the Columbia River Treaty
Negotiations over the future of the Columbia River Treaty will start early next year between the U.S. and Canada. Changes to the treaty could impact Northwest electric rates, salmon survival …
UPDATED: Sat., July 8, 2017, 9:33 p.m.
More naturally flowing Columbia River would benefit region’s economy, tribes say
Allowing the Columbia to flow more like a natural river would benefit the region financially, bringing hundreds of millions of dollars in benefits to local communities, Northwest tribes say.
UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 8, 2015
Restoring salmon requires rethinking of dams
Removal or fish ladders would reverse damage done to fisheries.
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015
B.C. residents push for more-stable reservoir levels as Columbia River Treaty is renegotiated
NAKUSP, British Columba – Crystal and Janet Spicer grew up in a white-frame farmhouse on 60 fertile acres along the Columbia River in Canada. Their father was a local legend …
Sun., Aug. 9, 2015
Residents say Columbia’s dams have affected area families, economy
On a crisp day in March, Charlie Maxfield walked the along the mudflats south of Nakusp, remembering places that were flooded when the reservoir behind Hugh Keenleyside Dam filled. Maxfield’s …
Thu., June 11, 2015
B.C. reservoirs will help aid Northwest during drought
A robust snowpack in British Columbia will help ease drought conditions in the Northwest this summer. Three B.C. reservoirs will release additional water into the Columbia River to help migrating …
Wed., April 15, 2015, 11:18 a.m.
U.S. should start Columbia River Treaty negotiations, NW delegation says
The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update a landmark treaty that governs the operation of …
Tue., April 7, 2015, 11:02 a.m.
Columbia ranks No. 2 on endangered rivers list
The Columbia River ranked No. 2 on the American Rivers’ list of the nation’s 10 most endangered rivers.
Thu., Oct. 23, 2014
B.C. official calls for Columbia River Treaty accounting
In the 1960s and 1970s, three huge dams were built in British Columbia to hold back the flow of the Columbia River. The entire Northwest still benefits from their construction. …
Wed., March 19, 2014
Tribes talk salmon, dams as Columbia River Treaty renewal looms
Northwest tribes and their Canadian counterparts are meeting in Spokane this week to discuss engineering solutions for getting salmon over Grand Coulee Dam. Returning chinook, sockeye and steelhead to the …
Wed., Nov. 20, 2013
U.S., Canada clash over Columbia River Treaty agendas
Vast mudflats appear in British Columbia’s Lake Koocanusa when the reservoir is lowered to protect U.S. communities from flooding. Houseboats moored on the reservoir get mired in the muck. And …
Tue., Oct. 29, 2013
U.S. utilities say Columbia River Treaty payments to Canada are excessive
Under terms of a treaty negotiated 50 years ago, the United States sends $250 million to $350 million worth of electricity from Columbia River dams to British Columbia each year. …
Thu., Sept. 26, 2013
Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages
Salmon runs to the Upper Columbia River and its tributaries went extinct in the 1930s when Grand Coulee Dam was built without fish ladders. Now it’s time to investigate salmon …
Tue., Sept. 17, 2013
Columbia River canoe trips unite students, heritage
Students from the Wellpinit School District paddled a canoe they carved themselves up the Spokane River last week to the foot of Little Falls Dam, reflecting on changes to the …
Thu., July 5, 2012
Dam treaty to be revisited
Nearly 50 years ago, Canada and the United States shook hands over a groundbreaking accord that altered life in the Northwest. The Columbia River Treaty turned the 1,200-mile-long river and …
Sat., May 12, 2012
UI student will create Columbia treaty model
A University of Idaho student has received a U.S. Department of Energy research fellowship to develop a computer model related to the Columbia River Treaty. Mark Cecchini-Beaver’s computer model will …
Tue., Nov. 16, 2010
Northwest tribes want input on Columbia River Treaty
Native people want a say in the future of the Columbia River Treaty, an accord between U.S. and Canada that governs power generation and flood control along the 1,200-mile river. …
Sun., March 29, 2009
Revisions to river treaty floated
The buzz of an electric alarm clock, the sweet heat of the shower, steam rising from a coffee mug. All over the Northwest, people start their day with energy from …