The U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty has provided a framework for the use of the Columbia and Snake rivers since 1964. Its myopic focus on hydropower production and flood control has caused decades of harm to salmon, wildlife, Native American Tribes and the basin's entire ecosystem.
The U.S. and Canada will soon renegotiate the Treaty. We now have a rare chance to improve the future of rivers and fisheries throughout the Columbia River basin! To modernize the Treaty to serve today's and tomorrow's Idaho, it will be critical to:
- Broaden the Treaty's benefits beyond hydropower production and flood control.
- Redress its harm to the Columbia Basin's native people, salmon and the ecosystem.
- Help people in the Northwest states and British Columbia respond to the unprecedented impacts of climate change.
Please submit your comments by August 16! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The U.S Entity is counting each comment. Proponents of cheaper power, more water for agriculture, etc., are all submitting comments. Please submit comments in support of restoring the Columbia River's ecosystem. Here are some suggested points to make:
- Make ecosystem-based function co-equal in an updated Treaty with power production and flood control.
- Establish a framework to restore native fish runs and fish passages throughout the Columbia River basin, including in Idaho.
- Broaden the Treaty's consideration of power to include solar, wind, and conservation.
- Update U.S flood risk management to make it more flexible, and based upon improved forecasting science and flood plain management to free water for in-stream needs.
- Make a modernized treaty adaptive to climate change.
- Make the joint Tribes, along with appropriate federal agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Environmental Protection Agency, co-managers of the river, advocating for its ecosystem.
Read IRU's comments response.
The deadline for comments is Friday August 16th, so please email your comments today to email@example.com
Boise River Campaign Coordinator
Idaho Rivers United