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By delaying a new Columbia River agreement with Canada, the State Department is not only costing the Northwest valuable carbon-free power, it is also jeopardizing the health and safety of U.S. citizens who live in floodplains along the river.
The renegotiation of the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty is an opportunity to reimagine and reshape relationships, not only with our northern neighbors, but also with the river itself.
If we are going to find an agreement on the Columbia River Treaty for the future that both countries can live with, Americans and Canadians need to understand and value all of the interests at hand, including those of their neighbors across the border.
Maps of the Columbia River circulating in the U.S. often stop at the international border, as though the world beyond is unknown. Despite the political line, we remain one region with shared and binding history, culture and economy. Americans and Canadians together.
Salmon and steelhead migrated into Canada each year before the construction of Grand Coulee Dam blocked fish passage to the upper Columbia River basin. Getting salmon back to British Columbia is something the Canadian government would consider studying, a treaty negotiator said Wednesday.
The Columbia River Treaty got a mention at Amazon’s annual meeting. Former Spokane environmentalist John Osborn urged Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to take an interest in treaty negotiations at Wednesday’s meeting.
The United States and Canada will begin negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime today. The 54-year-old treaty is an extremely important agreement with our best ally and partner in the hemisphere. Established in 1964, the treaty’s flood risk and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the border and facilitated additional benefits such as supporting the river’s ecosystem, irrigation, municipal water use, industrial use, navigation and recreation. The United States deeply values our unique and essential relationship with Canada. Around the world, this treaty serves as a model for transboundary water cooperation—and rightly so. Americans and Canadians alike should be proud of the invaluable cooperation that has contributed to the development of the regional economy on both sides of the border.
Talks are scheduled to begin this week in Washington, D.C., to modernize the document that coordinates flood control and hydropower generation in the United States and Canada along the 1,200-mile Columbia River.
Indigenous people in the U.S. and Canada say they’re being excluded from negotiations for a new Columbia River Treaty, which kick off next week.
Canadians and U.S residents had a frank discussion Tuesday about what they hope to see from the renegotiation of the 1964 Columbia River Treaty. Salmon, recreation, flood control and hydropower were all on the table.
On April 25, 2018, the Department of State will hold a town hall in Spokane at the Historic Davenport on a topic that will determine the future of our region: modernizing the Columbia River Treaty. The Columbia River Treaty was originally ratified between the U.S. and Canada in 1964 to reduce the risk of floods in downstream cities like Portland, Oregon, and to develop hydropower capacity. For fifty years, flood control and power generation have been the two major criteria for managing the river.
As Canada and the United States start negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty, the University of Montana will host a conference to discuss the future of rivers flowing through western Montana.
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 new opportunity for his administration as a window opens to modernize the Columbia River Treaty with Canada.
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 and flood control.
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.
FISHING -- The idea of reintroducing salmon runs upstream from Grand Coulee Dam moved ahead a notch last week as the Northwest Power and Conservation Council sent a proposal for evaluating upriver habitat to the Independent Science Review Panel. Is it possible to restore the...
Removal or fish ladders would reverse damage done to fisheries.
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 father was a country doctor who made house calls in the communities up and down the river. As a youngster, Maxfield often accompanied him to the small farms, orchards and woodlots. Through the 1960s, it wasn’t unusual to see a bunch of barefoot kids scamper out of the house, the girls in flour-sack dresses.
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 for the asparagus and other row crops he produced from the rich, loamy soil. After surviving the aerial gunfights of World War II, Christopher Spicer – a veteran of Britain’s Royal Air Force – immigrated to British Columbia in search of a quiet life on a farm. At Nakusp, he found land he liked, along with a woman who shared his love for growing things. They settled down to raise twin girls.
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 salmon, power production, irrigation and barge navigation.