The United States and Canada held the fifth round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty regime February 27-28 in Washington, D.C. Building on information shared during previous rounds, the U.S. and Canadian negotiators discussed U.S. priorities, including continued careful flood risk management, maintaining a reliable and economical power supply, and ecosystem benefit improvement. U.S. negotiators continued to take into account the views of the people who live and work in the Columbia River Basin.
The U.S. negotiating team is led by the Department of State and is 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 April 10-11 in Victoria, British Columbia.
The U.S. negotiating team will hold 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 last Town Hall took place September 6, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, and the next one is scheduled March 20, 2019, in Kalispell, Montana, co-hosted by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC).
For more information on the Treaty and upcoming Town Halls, please visit: https://2017-2021.state.gov/p/wha/ci/ca/topics/c78892.htm.