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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (http://is.gd/9pgcWA ).
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.
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 (http://bit.ly/J7WU1d ) in a story published Saturday that Mark Cecchini-Beaver's computer model will describe legal, technical and physical aspects of the Columbia River.