The League of Women Voters has a long history of activism in relation to the Columbia River Treaty. On April 2nd, the League hosted this informative forum on current issues. This 60 year international treaty between the U.S. and Canada, signed in 1964, will be open for modernization in 2024. Representatives of both countries, specifically the two Entities charged with carrying out the 1964 treaty, have developed recommendations for the future of the Columbia River Treaty after 2024. Those are now in the hands of the government negotiators. How will climate change effect the hydrology of the Columbia river basin, efforts to restore salmon runs and habitat, and who will determine how increasingly scarce water resources will be allocated? 

This forum is a discussion of the treaty review process, the key interests in the U.S. and Canada, the outstanding issues and the recommendations. The panelists are Scott Simms (Secretary to the U.S. Entity for the Columbia River Treaty), Paul Lumley (Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission) and Rachael Paschal Osborn, (public interest water lawyer, Center for Environmental Law & Policy).

Thanks to League of Women Voters of Seattle-King County