Critical Columbia treaty work gets underway

The Columbia River Treaty governs development on the waterway that affects U.S. and Canadian trade.

The Columbia River Treaty governs development on the waterway that affects U.S. and Canadian trade.

Northwest environmental officials are set to take the next step in crafting the next Columbia River Treaty draft.

A series of webinars take place Tuesday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. and July 23 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The webinars will provide overviews of the Columbia River Treaty as well as ways that the public can review the “working draft of a regional recommendation.”

The U.S. and Canada must renew the 1964 agreement that oversees development and operation of dams in the upper Columbia River basin. www.crt2014-2024review.gov/ Four dams have been constructed under the agreement.

Comments on the proposal are due by Aug. 16.

The work on the treaty results from partnerships between representatives from the four Northwest states, 15 Northwest tribes and 11 federal agencies and various regional stakeholders.

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