Monday’s meeting saw interested members of the public show up during the day and into the evening.

Open house sheds light on Treaty

Do you know what the Columbia River Treaty is? Do you know why it should matter to you?

Do you know what the Columbia River Treaty is? Do you know why it should matter to you?

The Columbia Basin Trust stopped by Nelson on Monday to hold an information session to help people better understand the Treaty.

“The information sessions will help people who live in the Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin better understand what the Columbia River Treaty is, how it works and what considerations exist for the future,” said Neil Muth, Trust president in a press release.

The Treaty was signed in 1964 between Canada and the US which resulted in the construction of three dams in Canada and a fourth in the US.

The agreement was signed to coordinate flood control and optimize hydroelectric power between the two countries.

There is no official expiry date for the Treaty but has a minimum length of 60 years.

The reason attention is being drawn to the agreement now is because if either Canada or the US wishes to terminate any of the provisions of the Treaty, written notice must be filed at least 10 years in advance.

Columbia Basin Trust is hosting similar sessions around the region as well as online information sessions. The Trust has also prepared documents, videos and other resources to help residents learn more.

Learn more about the Treaty at

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