Calling for renegotiation

The cross-border treaty for the Columbia River should be renegotiated recommends a draft report from U.S. regulators.

The cross-border treaty for the Columbia River should be renegotiated recommends a draft report from U.S. regulators.

The Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the U.S. should be re written to make the system more flexible amid climate change, and to aid endangered species, the report said.

The agreement, signed in 1961, led to the flooding of the once agriculturally-rich Columbia Valley, while four dams—the Duncan Dam, Mica Dam and Keenleyside Dam in Canada, and the Libby Dam in the U.S.—were built.

When it was signed, the treaty was designed to address downstream flooding and optimize hydropower generation.

The treaty governs everything from power prices and water supplies on the continent’s fourth-largest river (2,000 kilometres long).

Under the terms of the treaty, the U.S. pays Canada $64 million for flood control and agrees to send electricity generated at downstream U.S. hydropower dams to Canada.

The treaty has no expiration date, but either country may cancel it or suggest changes beginning in 2024 with 10 years notice.

 

Just Posted

Trail area homicide investigation continues

Jan. 14 marked one year since Jordan Workman was discovered in the trunk of a burnt car

Outbreak prompts advisory for visitors to extended care wing in Trail hospital

A respiratory infection has been active in Poplar Ridge Pavilion since Monday, advises IH

RDCK moves ahead with Castlegar rec complex upgrade plan

Board approves grant application for $13 million from provincial, federal governments

Scammers using Castlegar home for rental fraud

Local realtors say the problem is happening more frequently with their properties

Trail police seek to ID more loot recovered during weapons search

Trail RCMP recovered numerous weapons and stolen items after search at Fifth Avenue residence

B.C. opioid crisis to get same world-renowned treatment approach as HIV/AIDS

A program that focuses on treatment as prevention will roll out Jan. 17

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Vancouver Island photographer makes National Geographic’s 2018 elite

Rare double honour for Marston from the 36 best Your Shots out of nearly 19,000 photos

Ex-Liberal candidate in Burnaby, B.C., says volunteer wrote controversial post

Karen Wang dropped out following online post singling out NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh’s ethnicity

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

BREAKING: Jury finds man accused of killing B.C. girl, 12, guilty

Twelve-year-old Monica Jack disappeared in May 1978 while riding her bike along a highway in Merritt, B.C.

Most Read