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Posted: September 17, 2014

International conference to explore future of Columbia River

Register now for an international conference in Spokane, Washington, on the future of the Columbia River. Seating is limited, and registration is filling fast.

CBTConfHotelThe conference, ‘Learning From Our Past to Shape Our Future’—to be held October 21 to 23 at the DoubleTree Hotel City Center—will explore major transboundary themes such as: ecosystem management, salmon restoration, climate change, energy, transboundary river governance and regional issues like the Columbia River Treaty.

The conference agenda will feature unique and interactive tools that ensure all participants help drive the discussion and stay engaged:

  • A ‘Thinking Wall’ where participants will post their thoughts and comments as well as ask questions. This information will be used throughout the conference to inform discussions and drive the conversation in breakout sessions. There is also an opportunity for participants to bring forward a topic and lead a discussion during the conference in the open theme session.
  • Art and Culture exhibits and performances throughout the three-day event that include visual and performing artists as well as films and exhibits.
  • Graphic facilitation tools that create a visual story board over the course of the conference to help visualize emerging ideas and make important connections.

Participants will also hear from keynote speakers including the Honourable Bill Bennett, Minister of Energy and Mines for the Province of British Columbia, and author and historian Jack Nisbet.

A post-conference report will identify key issues for next steps. This report will be posted at columbiabasin-2014conference.org.

Co-hosted by Columbia Basin Trust and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and made possible by the support of many sponsor organizations, the conference will be of interest to a wide audience including: fish and wildlife organizations, power agencies, Indian Tribes and First Nations, environmental and energy groups, and government organizations from both countries.

This is the fourth conference co-hosted by the Trust and Council since the late 1990s. It will be co-chaired by two former Chairs of the respective organizations: Garry Merkel of Kimberley, and Larry Cassidy of Vancouver, Washington. A planning team of approximately 40 people from BC and the U.S.—representing a range of interests—helped shape the conference agenda.

About Columbia Basin Trust and the Northwest Power and Conservation Council:

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts by people in the Canadian Columbia Basin to create a legacy of social, economic and environmental well-being. To learn more about Trust programs and initiatives, visit cbt.org.

The Council is an agency of the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington, which share the majority of the Columbia River Basin in the United States. Under the Northwest Power Act of 1980, the Council is responsible for assuring the Northwest region an adequate, efficient, economical and reliable power supply while protecting, mitigating and enhancing fish and wildlife affected by hydropower dams in the Columbia River Basin. nwcouncil.org

Register and learn more at columbiabasin-2014conference.org.

The lead image above shows the headwaters of the Columbia River and this image shows the massive size of the river as it flows into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW images
The lead image above shows the headwaters of the Columbia River and this image shows the massive size of the river as it flows into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Oregon. Ian Cobb/e-KNOW images

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