The Columbia River Treaty is a 1964 agreement between the U.S and Canada that controls the Columbia River’s flow across the border. It has a major impact on fish, hydro-electricity, flood protection, agriculture, navigation, recreation, and more.
The current treaty has an exclusive focus on maximizing hydropower production and engineered flood control. It ignores Indigenous rights, fish, water quality and the health of the river, principles of good governance, and the reality of present and worsening climate disruption.
Negotiations between the U.S. and Canada to modernize the treaty have been underway since May 2018 with a big deadline in September 2024. In a joint statement released this March, President Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau said the two countries would “intensify their work over coming months towards agreement…”
Meanwhile, the U.S. Negotiating Team has announced its first public event in more than three years: a “listening session” on April 19th from 5-6:30 PM pacific time.
We’re entering the crucial time for this issue.
We deserve to know about changes to this treaty that affects all of us.
Federal agencies must explain looming changes and options to Northwest citizens, communities, and sovereigns.
We need your voice to seize this window of opportunity.