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Posted: April 12, 2019

Columbia River Treaty talks switching to US capitol

The latest round of talks surrounding the renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty concluded this past week in Victoria.

Katrine Conroy, British Columbia’s Minister Responsible for the Columbia River Treaty, today as issued the following statement covering the latest talks, which will switch to Washington, D.C. for the next round.

Katrine Conroy

“I was glad to be able to personally welcome the Canadian and American negotiating teams to Victoria for two more days of discussions about the future of the Columbia River Treaty,” she said.

“Negotiators had an honest exchange of views and perspectives, as they worked to find common ground on flood-risk management and hydro power co-ordination. Canada also raised the topics of other treaty benefits and adaptive management.

“Coming out of the latest round of talks, the negotiating teams have decided to conduct technical work between negotiating rounds, in order to support the progress of the discussions.

“As always, Indigenous perspectives are of great importance as we meet with U.S. negotiators to look at the treaty’s future. Canada and B.C. continue to work closely with representatives of the Indigenous Nations in B.C.’s Columbia Basin to develop and refine Canada’s negotiating positions and objectives.”

The next round of Columbia River Treaty negotiation meetings will take place in Washington, D.C., on June 19 and 20.

To share views on the treaty, email: [email protected] or write to the Columbia River Treaty Team, Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, PO Box 9314 Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C. V8W 9N1.

Lead image: Lake Koocanusa at Newgate. e-KNOW file photo

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