Columbia River Treaty Meeting
The Center for Environmental Law and Policy (CELP) encourages people who live in the Columbia River Basin to learn more about the process to reexamine the Columbia River Treaty between the US and Canada. The US and Canada signed the Treaty in 1964 to jointly manage the Columbia River. Under the Treaty, the US paid for 3 “treaty dams” in Canada and built the Libby Dam in Montana for two purposes: to control flooding in the US, and to significantly increase power generation at the 11 U.S. dams downstream. Under the current treaty, in 2024, the burden for downstream flood control shifts from Canada to the US. The US and Canada are considering whether to terminate the Treaty, continue it with the automatic shift in the responsibility for flood control, or to renegotiate it. The earliest either country can terminate the Treaty is 2024, and only with at least 10 years notice to the other. Public meetings are underway. By September 2013, both US and Canada intend to complete recommendations for changing the Treaty that controls international management of the Columbia River.