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Representing salmon, canoes travel up Columbia

GRAND COULEE DAM — The new Columbia River Treaty should include provisions to put in fish ladders on Grand Coulee Dam and Chief Joseph Dam, a group of environmental educators says.

How much for a modern treaty?

We, the United States, have a treaty with Canada governing the management of the Columbia River. It deals with pertinent issues — flood control, hydroelectricity, dams, water storage and sharing the costs and benefits of same. A fine treaty in its day, many say, but far past its prime, negotiated during the Eisenhower administration and ratified in 1964. Many agree, as the treaty nears the end of its run, it needs to be “modernized.”

Columbia River Treaty at a glance

U.S. and Canada When and why: Approved in 1964 to reduce flood danger along the Columbia River and regulate river flow to maximize hydropower production.

Canadians weigh the value of water

FAUQUIER B.C. — A show of hands in the Fauquier community hall June 15 revealed a lot about the disgust and exasperation that residents in and around this Arrow Lakes community feel for the Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada. Two-thirds of the approximately 50 people who attended the government-hosted town meeting, favored ending the treaty when it expires in 2024 and negotiating a higher price for the water it stores for the U.S.

Death by hydropower: Canadian towns blame Columbia River Treaty for economic decline

FAUQUIER B.C. — The Spicer Family farm near this tiny hamlet in Canada’s rugged Columbia River Basin once included 10 acres of fertile bottomland said to be the region’s highest-yielding per acre. Area topography pinched the then free-flowing Columbia into two connected bodies of water called the Arrow Lakes.

Open houses set for Columbia River Treaty

WENATCHEE — Officials from the Bonneville Power Administration and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be in Wenatchee and Coulee Dam this week to host open houses about the Columbia River Treaty. In Wenatchee, the event will be on Tuesday at the Wenatchee Community Center Veterans Hall, 504 S. Chelan Ave. In Coulee Dam, it will include a special session on recreation, and will happen Thursday at City Hall, 300 Lincoln Ave. Both events are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

PUDs favor adjusting or ending river treaty with Canada

WENATCHEE — Chelan, Douglas and Grant County PUDs favor ending the landmark Columbia River Treaty between the U.S. and Canada if its now-reduced benefits and high costs can’t be modified, the utilities’ general managers say. Bill Dobbins, general manager of the Douglas PUD, said treaty costs for the down-river utilities now outweigh benefits by 10-fold.

Columbia River deal studied over ecology concerns

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Regulators are considering changes to the Columbia River Treaty with Canada to account for environmental concerns that weren't addressed a half-century ago. Policymakers on both sides of the border are considering a rewrite to address concerns over endangered salmon and climate change as well as recreation and irrigation uses of the river, The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday ( ).

Columbia River Treaty with Canada under review

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Regulators are considering changes to the Columbia River Treaty with Canada to account for salmon protection and environmental concerns that weren't addressed in 1964. The treaty resulted in three dams in British Columbia and the Libby Dam in Montana to boost hydroelectric power production and reduce the threat of flooding in the Northwest.

UI student to create Columbia River Treaty model

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a research fellowship to a University of Idaho student to develop a computer model involving aspects of the Columbia River Treaty. The Spokesman-Review reports ( ) in a story published Saturday that Mark Cecchini-Beaver's computer model will describe legal, technical and physical aspects of the Columbia River.

One river, two nations

Possible end to landmark Columbia River Treaty could change how "our" river rolls on