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The U.S. NGO Treaty Caucus

We are an alliance of Northwest-based civic, faith, energy, and conservation organizations working for a modernized Columbia River Treaty that will serve our region’s diverse needs now and into the future.

Core members include:

  • Center for Environmental Law and Policy
  • Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light
  • League of Women Voters of Washington
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Northwest Energy Coalition
  • Save Our wild Salmon Coalition
  • Sierra Club
  • WaterWatch of Oregon

We work with many other organizations in both the U.S. and Canada. North of the border, NGOs have formed the Upper Columbia Basin Environmental Collaborative to educate Canadian citizens and decision makers about opportunities to benefit ecosystems through a modernized treaty.

In September 2022, we joined 32 organizations representing millions of people in writing a letter calling on the Biden Administration to stop leaving the Northwest in the dark. In March 2023, we followed up with another letter asking President Biden to add voices for the river and its ecosystems into the Treaty’s governing structure.

Read these letters, and send your own now.



Generous support for this project / U.S. NGO Treaty Caucus activities comes from the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, outstanding individual donors, and our member organizations.

All photos showcased on this website were taken by Peter Marbach for his book, Healing the Big River: Salmon Dreams and the Columbia River Treaty.