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.