Saturday, November 01, 2014

Fourteen public meetings have been scheduled to discuss the future of the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada. The Portland meeting will be held April 16th and another in Seattle on May 2nd. The Columbia River Treaty has served as a model of international cooperation since 1964, bringing significant flood control and power generation benefits to both countries. However, either Canada or the United States can terminate most of the provisions of the Treaty any time on or after Sept. 16, 2024, with a minimum 10 years' notice.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Power Administration, the agencies responsible for implementing the Treaty for the United States, are conducting a multi-year effort to study post-2024 Treaty provisions. This effort is called the 2014/2024 Columbia River Treaty Review. The results of this review will affect the future shape of flood control, power generation and the other multipurpose benefits of the Columbia River.

The goal of the Columbia River Treaty Review is to develop a recommendation with broad regional support that will be sent to the U.S. Department of State for use during its negotiations with Canada about the future of the Treaty.

Those attending the meetings will:
* Learn how federal agencies manage water in the Columbia River Basin.
* Learn about the Columbia River Treaty, its history and its value.
* Discuss the potential future of the Treaty and the efforts underway to understand what change could mean to the Northwest.

Public Meetings

April 10 - Spokane, Wash., 3-6 p.m., Northern Quest, 100 N Hayford Rd.
April 16 - Portland, Ore., 3-6 p.m., Double Tree Lloyd Center, 1000 NE Multnomah.
April 23 - Wenatchee, Wash., 4-7 p.m., Community Center/Veterans Hall, 504 South Chelan
April 24 - Clarkston, Wash., 4-7 p.m., Quality Inn, 700 Port Dr.
April 25 - Coulee Dam, Wash., 4-7 p.m., City Hall, 300 Lincoln Ave.
April 29 - Boardman, Ore., 4-7 p.m., 2 Marine Drive
May 1 - Yakima, Wash., 4-7 p.m., Arboretum/Garden View Room, 1401 Arboretum Dr.
May 2 - Seattle, Wash., 3-6 p.m., Seattle Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave.
May 7 - Pasco, Wash., 4-7 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 4525 Convention Pl.
May 8 - Boise, Idaho, 3-6 p.m., Hampton Inn, 495 S Capitol Blvd.
May 13 - Libby, Mont., 4-7 p.m., City Hall, 952 E Spruce Street
May 14 - Sandpoint, Idaho, 4-7 p.m., Community Ctr./Panhandle Bank, 414 Church St.
May 15 - North Eureka, Mont., 4-7 p.m., RiverStone Lodge, 6370 Hwy 93,
May 16 - Kalispell, Mont., 4-7 p.m., Kalispell Red Lion, 20 N Main Street

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