December, 2013 update

Now that the final recommendation has been delivered to the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. government will formally take up the question of the Columbia River Treaty. That process will be a federal, interagency review under the general direction of the National Security Council on behalf of the President. The Department of State has been designated as the agency to coordinate and oversee this process on behalf of the National Security Council.

The U.S. Entity and its Northwest partners stand ready to work with Canadian counterparts, in coordination with the Department of State, to develop the details of a modernized treaty that is fair, balanced and sustainable. As the national level review progresses, the Entity will update stakeholders when there is new information to share.

Draft Regional Recommendation update (October 2013)

We appreciate your comments and feedback on the Draft Regional Recommendation. The U.S. Entity received and has carefully considered more than 4,000 comments from individuals and organizations. To see a summary of the comments we received, please click here. To see all the comments we received, please click here.

To view comments on the Working Draft Recommendation submitted by other interested stakeholders during July and August, 2013, click here and look for the Columbia River Treaty Review entry.

Spring 2013 open house comments

The following comments have been submitted in response to information presented at one or more of the U.S. Entity's public workshops/open houses in April and May 2013.

C G Sweeney
W. Thomas Soeldner
Mayor Gloria Wilson
Richard Beck
Pat Price
Commissioner Leann Rea, Morrow County
Umatilla County Board of Commissioners
Tony Petrusha
Ray Ellis, Lincoln Electric Cooperative
Joe Noland, City of Cheney
Chad Jensen, Inland Power
Norm Semanko, IWUA
Wanda Keefer, Port of Clarkston
Jack Corbett
Katy Brooks Port of Vancouver
Nathan Sandvig-1
Nathan Sandvig-2
Nathan Sandvig-3
Larry Bush
Vern Ruskin
Emerald Farms
Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association (CSRIA)

The following comments were submitted by interested parties in response to an earlier request by U.S. Entity Coordinators to share perspectives on the potential content and direction of the Columbia River Treaty post-2024. The U.S. Entity Coordinator's letter also is posted below.

CRT Stakeholder Comment Summary - March 2013 (this file summarizes the comments listed below

The Columbia River Treaty: it's purpose and future (April 2013)
Managing Flood Risk in the Columbia River Basin (April 2013)
Canadian Entitlement (April 2013)
Current River And Reservoir Operations (April 2013)
Considering the Columbia River Ecosystem (April 2013)
US Entity letter
Baker County
Columbia River Treaty Power Group
League of Women Voters Idaho
Port of Vancouver
Multnomah County Diking District #1
Port of Portland
Clark Public Utilities
PNGC Power
Powder Basin Watershed Council
Idaho Rivers United
East Columbia Basin Irrigation District
Douglas County PUD
City of Portland
Chelan County PUD
Center for Environmental Law & Policy
Rollie Wicker
Western Montana G&T
Seattle City Light
Universities Consortium
Public Power Council
League of Women Voters-Oregon

The 2014/2024 Treaty Review

Over the years, the Columbia River Treaty has provided significant benefits on both sides of the border through coordinated river management. It remains the standard against which other international water coordination agreements are compared.

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