Columbia Basin Trust

Columbia River Treaty
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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


Columbia River Treaty Local Governments' Committee

Visit the Local Government Committee online here.

Committee Submits Recommendations To Government

The BC Columbia River Treaty Local Governments' Committee (the Committee) has incorporated input from Basin residents and finalized its Recommendations to government in response to Columbia River Treaty-related interests and issues raised by Basin residents in Canada.

Read the Committee's December 2013 Recommendations to Government

These Recommendations are based on currently-available information and were submitted in December 2013 to the provincial and federal governments for incorporation into current decisions regarding the future of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).

The Committee plans to monitor the BC, Canadian and U.S. CRT-related processes and be directly involved when appropriate. As new information becomes available, the Committee will review this information, seek input from Basin residents, and submit further recommendations to the provincial and federal governments, if needed.

The CRT Local Governments’ Committee will post its recommendations and other documents here and at

For more information contact the Committee Chair, Deb Kozak 250-352-9383) or the Executive Director, Cindy Pearce ( 250-837-3966).

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More Resources

Key Canadian CRT Interests

Summary of Canadian Dam and Reservoir Issues

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Local Governments’ Committee

Elected officials from across the Columbia Basin are working together to help Basin residents and local governments engage in decisions around the future of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).

The Columbia River Treaty Local Governments' Committee (LG Committee), formed in 2011, will work with Columbia Basin Trust to help ensure Basin residents and elected officials alike increase their knowledge on the CRT. The LG Committee intends to work collaboratively on this important issue with regional MLAs and elected officials in Victoria, as well as regional MPs.

The LG Committee encourages residents to learn about the Columbia River Treaty by exploring this website, taking an online tutorial and visiting the Province of BC's website.

For more information, contact LG Committee Chair Deb Kozak at

News Release: Local Governments Form Columbia River Treaty Committee

CRT Local Governments' Committee Terms of Reference

CRT Local Governments' Committee Members

An Overview: Sharing Benefits From Natural Resources With Local Stakeholders in BC

Columbia Basin Trust supports efforts by the people of the Basin to create a legacy of social, economic
and environmental well-being and to achieve greater self-sufficiency for present and future generations.