Is the earliest the Columbia River Treaty can be terminated by either Canada or the U.S.
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Canada or the U.S.would need to give a minimum of 10 years' written notice
The 1964 Columbia River Treaty (CRT) is an international agreement between Canada and the United States to coordinate flood control and optimize hydroelectric energy production on both sides of the border.
The year 2024 is the earliest either Canada or the U.S may terminate the CRT provided 10-years advance notice is given in 2014. No decision has been made by either country on the future of the current treaty, but both countries are exploring options. In 2012 the Province of BC initiated consultations to ensure regional interests help shape the future of the Columbia River Treaty. Decisions about the future of the CRT could influence how Canada operates local dams and reservoirs for power, flood control and other values, including the environment. Those changes could impact, among other things, water levels, annual payments from the U.S. to BC, and the amount of hydroelectricity generated in the Columbia Basin.
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