In 1964, Canada and the United States ratified the Columbia River Treaty (CRT). The two purposes of the CRT are:
● to coordinate flood control, and
● to optimize electrical energy production in the Columbia River Basin in the United States and Canada.
Most of the provisions of this treaty can be terminated after September 2024 with 10 years notice effective September 2014 … how will changes affect the communities in the Columbia Valley?
The Columbia Basin Trust is currently involved in a number of initiatives across the Columbia Basin to ensure that the views and values of the people of the Basin are a key component of any renewal or re-negotiation process for the Columbia River Treaty.
The Columbia Basin Trust has produced this video to “prepare” the residents of the Columbia Basin for the potential renewal or renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty when that opportunity occurs on 2024.
Some history of the Columbia River Treaty and the creation of the Columbia Basin Trust is on this page and there are additional links at the bottom of that page.