YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. agencies responsible for managing the Columbia River under a U.S.-Canada treaty say the treaty should be modernized to better reflect current Pacific Northwest priorities.
The 1964 Columbia River Treaty is an agreement between the two countries for developing and operating the river and its dams for flood control and power.
Either country may give notice beginning in 2014 that it wants treaty provisions changed or terminated. For the U.S., the Bonneville Power Administration and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are working with other stakeholders to develop recommendations on the treaty.
The agencies released their draft recommendations for public comment Thursday. The working draft notes that the treaty must be modernized to adapt to the impacts of climate change and to include the ecosystem as a focus.