The U.S. State Department has set a Columbia River Treaty town hall in Boise, Idaho next week.
The town hall on July 18 will be co-hosted with the Northwest Power and Conservation Council and the Idaho Office of the Governor, will be free of charge, open to the public, and will take place in the Lincoln Auditorium at the Idaho State Capitol Building from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
This town hall follows the June 19-20 round of negotiations on the Treaty regime in Washington, DC. U.S. government representatives will provide an overview of the negotiations and take questions from the public. Questions must be sent in advance of the event to ColumbiaRiverTreaty@state.gov
The Columbia River Treaty is an international model for transboundary water cooperation., said the state department in a notice about the town hall.
“The 1964 treaty’s flood risk management and hydropower operations have provided substantial benefits to millions of people on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border. The treaty also has facilitated support for the river’s ecosystem.
“As the United States continues bilateral negotiations with Canada, our key objectives are guided by the ‘U.S. Entity Regional Recommendation for the Future of the Columbia River Treaty After 2024,’ a consensus document published in 2013 after five years of consultations among the Tribes, states, stakeholders, public, and federal agencies. The U.S. negotiating team is led by the U.S. Department of State, and is comprised of the Bonneville Power Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the Department of the Interior, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.”
— CBB, March 8, 2019, FIFTH ROUND OF NEGOTIATIONS AIMED AT MODERNIZING U.S./CANADA COLUMBIA RIVER TREATY CONCLUDES https://www.cbbulletin.com/fifth-round-of-negotiations-aimed-at-modernizing-u-s-canada-columbia-river-treaty-concludes/
— CBB, Oct. 26, 2018, “Lead Diplomat For U.S. Sizes Up Ongoing Columbia River Treaty Negotiations,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441718.aspx
— CBB, Sept. 14, 2018, “Lead U.S. Negotiators For New Columbia River Treaty Hold Portland Town Hall” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441485.aspx
–CBB, July 27, 2018, “Columbia River Treaty Negotiators Hear Views In Spokane Forum From Both Sides Of Border,” http://www.cbbulletin.com/441189.aspx
— CBB, April 27, 2018, “State Department Holds Town Hall On Negotiations With Canada For Modernized Columbia River Treaty” http://www.cbbulletin.com/440608.aspx
— CBB, Dec. 8, 2017, “U.S. – Canada Columbia River Treaty Negotiations Expected To Begin In Early 2018” http://www.cbbulletin.com/439924.aspx