The United States and Canada held the sixth round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime April 10-11 in Victoria, British Columbia. U.S. and Canadian negotiators discussed issues related to flood risk management, hydropower, and ecosystem benefit improvement. U.S. negotiators continued to use the U.S. Entity Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024 as a useful guide during the negotiations.
The Department of State leads a U.S. negotiating team comprised of representatives from the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the Department of the Interior, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The next round of negotiations will take place June 19-20, in Washington, D.C.
The U.S. negotiating team is holding regular Town Hall meetings throughout the Columbia River Basin to hear from the U.S. public on the modernization of the Columbia River Treaty regime. The U.S. negotiating team is considering the input and views from the region’s states, Tribes, and stakeholders who live and work in the Columbia River Basin. The last Town Hall took place March 20, 2019, in Kalispell, Montana. The next Town Hall will be scheduled in the coming months.
For more information on the Treaty and upcoming Town Halls, please visit: https://www.state.gov/p/wha/ci/ca/topics/c78892.htm