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Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

It’s time for the U.S. and Canada to join forces to protect and restore the health of the river

The U.S – Canada must seize the opportunity to bring this 50 year old Treaty into the 21st Century and include ‘ecosystem health’ as an essential purpose.

In 1964, the United States and Canada signed an agreement to jointly manage a shared resource – the Columbia River. The Treaty displaced many local communities and ignored affected Tribes and First Nations and focused on just two purposes: power production and flood management. Our two nations have an opportunity in the next several years to modernize the Treaty and create a new set of tools and priorities to help us navigate the challenges we face in the 21st Century and era of climate change.



Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty Articles

March 19, 2018

NW News Network: After 70 Years, Salmon Could Return To Columbia River Above…

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If all goes according to plan, there could soon be salmon above the Grand Coulee Dam again. That’s according to Cody Desautel, director of Natural Resources for the Confederated Tribes of the Colville. “We’re going to trap and haul fish out of our hatchery… Read More
January 10, 2018

Canada: Columbia River Treaty a boon to the U.S., but must benefit all (Guest…

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Published in the Oregonian By Brandon Lee Early in the new year, Canadian and American officials will meet to discuss the renewal of one of the most enduring examples of our strong partnership - the Columbia River Treaty. Under the treaty's terms, three dams… Read More
December 17, 2017

Associated Press in the Seattle Times: US, Canada to begin talks in 2018 on…

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A half-century-old agreement between the United States and Canada governing hydropower and flood-control operations along the Columbia River needs to be updated to deal with modern-day issues, such as environmental protections, said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray. By… Read More
December 10, 2017

For immediate release: U.S. - Canada talks to modernize the treaty will begin…

in Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty
Editor's note: On Friday, Dec. 8, the United States State Department issued a brief announcement that talks between the U.S. and Canada to modernize the 50+ year old Columbia River Treaty would begin in early 2018. Senator Patty Murray's statement about this… Read More
December 02, 2017

CBCNews: Indigenous groups in Alberta, N.W.T. say they've borne 'enormous…

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Letter from 14 Metis and First Nations communities comes as B.C. cabinet meets with energy experts By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News Posted: Nov 30, 2017 A coalition of 14 First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta and the Northwest Territories called on B.C.… Read More
October 27, 2017

CBB: U.S. State Department Picks New Columbia River Treaty Negotiator

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Friday, October 27, 2017 The U.S. State Department last week announced that Jill Smail will be the new Columbia River Treaty negotiator for the department, replacing Brian Doherty. “I am delighted to announce the arrival of our new Columbia River Treaty… Read More

Aug 31, 2017 - Healing the Columbia River - Seattle event - Sept. 28

Jul 6, 2017 - For Immediate Release: The Columbia River Basin Holds Immense Natural Capital Value

Jun 22, 2017 - News Release – Northwest, British Columbia need to stand together to modernize the Columbia River Treaty

Aug 25, 2016 - Clearing Up: Northwest Delegation Sends Another Letter Urging U.S. CRT Action

Jun 25, 2016 - CBB: Cantwell, Canadian Ambassador Meet To Discuss Columbia River Treaty

May 22, 2016 - Seattle Times Editorial: Columbia River Treaty works, but needs thoughtful updating

Feb 12, 2016 - CBB: Cross-Border Coalition Urges Collaboration In Modernizing U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty

Feb 9, 2016 - For Immediate Release: Conservation, fishing and faith communities call for U.S and Canadian government collaboration as essential to modernize the Columbia River Treaty

Aug 15, 2015 - Spokesman-Review Editorial: Drought put new facet on U.S.-Canada river treaty

Aug 15, 2015 - The Spokesman-Review: B.C. residents push for more-stable reservoir levels as Columbia River Treaty is renegotiated

Jun 23, 2015 - Spokesman-Review guest opinion: Pope's letter on environment a call for change

Jun 9, 2015 - For Immediate Release: Columbia River Treaty: State Department to include Ecosystem Function in negotiating position

Jun 5, 2015 - Wenatchee World: Feds - Columbia River Treaty's future is a 'priority'

Apr 15, 2015 - AP: NW delegation demands start of Columbia River treaty talks

Jan 12, 2015 - High Country News: Salmon ground is holy ground

Nov 19, 2014 - Views from North of the Border: Treaty must consider climate change

Oct 8, 2014 - Al Jazeera America: Salmon people pray for sacred fish to return to historic home

Oct 8, 2014 - Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty: A report from our nation's capitol (Sept 2014)

Oct 7, 2014 - HCN: Watershed moment: The U.S. and Canada prepare to renegotiate the 50-year-old Columbia River Treaty.

Oct 3, 2014 - CBB: Religious, Tribal Leaders Send To President, Prime Minister Declaration On Columbia River Treaty

Aug 26, 2014 - New York Times: Large Dams Just Aren’t Worth the Cost

Aug 8, 2014 - NAIADS: When Will Salmon Return to the Spokane?

Aug 8, 2014 - The Daily New: Residents, Cowlitz Tribe pray for return to natural salmon runs

Jul 28, 2014 - The Spokesman-Review: Spawning hope

Jul 28, 2014 - Spokesman Review Guest opinion: Value the water stored in Canada

Jul 2, 2014 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Why the Columbia River Treaty matters

Jun 20, 2014 - Righting Historic Wrongs: A conference on ethics and the Columbia River Treaty.

Jun 16, 2014 - The Economist: The Columbia River Treaty: Salmon en route

May 2, 2014 - EPA weighs in on the Columbia River Treaty

Apr 23, 2014 - It’s Unanimous: Northwest delegation says “aye” to Treaty negotiations

Mar 19, 2014 - Spokesman-Review: Tribes talk salmon, dams as Columbia River Treaty renewal looms

Mar 13, 2014 - Seattle Times: Weigh all the benefits of the Columbia River Treaty

Feb 24, 2014 - The Globe and Mail: First Nations push to restore Columbia River salmon runs

Dec 11, 2013 - Tri-City Herald: Ecology, power concerns voiced in Columbia River Treaty hearing

Nov 15, 2013 - Seattle Times Guest Opinion: Consider ecosystem in U.S.-Canada negotiations for Columbia River Treaty

Nov 13, 2013 - Columbia River Treaty: November 2013 Update

Oct 29, 2013 - Spokesman-Review: U.S. utilities say Columbia River Treaty payments to Canada are excessive

Oct 28, 2013 - News Release: Northwest, British Columbia need to pull together to modernize Columbia River Treaty

Oct 27, 2013 - Spokesman-Review op/ed: Include salmon, climate provisions in river treaty

Oct 25, 2013 - Seattle Times: Roll on Columbia River Treaty

Oct 23, 2013 - AP: Canada Cries Foul on Columbia deal; U.S. plan exact opposite

Oct 23, 2013 - B.C. Releases Draft Columbia River Treaty Recommendations

Oct 16, 2013 - What Save Our Wild Salmon is doing to modernize the Columbia River Treaty

Oct 11, 2013 - Why Save Our Wild Salmon is Working to Modernize the Columbia River Treaty

Oct 10, 2013 - Toronto Globe & Mail: With water treaty to be revisited, future of Columbia River up for debate

Oct 8, 2013 - The Oregonian Editorial: The Northwest needs an overhauled Columbia River Treaty.

Sep 27, 2013 - The Spokesman Review: Treaty renewal chance to reopen salmon passages

Sep 17, 2013 - Wenatchee World: Tribes say fish protection must be part of river treaty

Aug 15, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon submits comments on the Columbia River Treaty

Aug 15, 2013 - Save Our wild Salmon submits comments on the Columbia River Treaty (2)

Aug 14, 2013 - The Globe and Mail: Revised Columbia River Treaty could restore salmon runs

Jun 20, 2013 - Renewing the Columbia River Treaty: a-once-in-our-lifetime chance

May 8, 2013 - Paul Lumley: To manage the Columbia River, we need a new treaty for a new era

May 8, 2013 - Paul Lumley: To manage the Columbia River, we need a new treaty for a new era (2)

Aug 20, 2008 - U.S. Government’s Columbia River Treaty “Working Draft” recommendation has come under fire

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