A detail of the Mica Dam reservoir

CBT drums of interest for Columbia River Treaty session

An info session exploring the Columbia River Treaty is coming to Revelstoke on Nov. 7 – and a free dinner is thrown in to entice you.

The Columbia Basin Trust is seeking to interest residents in a Nov. 7 information session on the Columbia River Treat to be held at the Revelstoke Community Centre. The event includes and open house, presentation – and a free dinner!

In their own words, here’s a Nov. 7 media release from the CBT:

CBT co-hosts information sessions in Revelstoke

(CASTLEGAR) – Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) is hosting an information session about the Columbia River Treaty (CRT) in Revelstoke on Monday, November 7. This session is hosted in partnership with local governments and the CRT Local Governments’ Committee.

“The information session will help people who live in the Canadian portion of the Columbia Basin better understand what the CRT is, how it works and what considerations exist for the future,” says Neil Muth, CBT President and CEO.

Monday, November 7 at the Revelstoke Community Centre

600 Campbell Avenue

Open House 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Free Dinner 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

Presentation 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The CRT is an international agreement between Canada and the United States to coordinate flood control and optimize hydroelectric power generation on both sides of the border. Under the 1964 treaty, three dams were constructed in Canada, including Mica, Duncan and Hugh Keenleyside.  A fourth dam, Libby, was constructed in Montana. Its reservoir, the Koocanusa, extends 67 kilometres into Canada.

The CRT has no official expiry date, but has a minimum length of 60 years, which is met in September 2024. Either Canada or the United States can terminate many of the provisions of the agreement effective any time after September 2024, provided written notice is filed at least 10 years in advance (2014). While no decision has been made by either Canada or the United States on the future of the current treaty, given the importance of the issues, and the approaching date of 2014, both countries are now conducting studies and exploring future options for the CRT.

“Our primary role with respect to the CRT is to act as an information resource for Basin residents,” says Muth, adding that CBT does not make decisions with respect to the CRT. “Consultation on the CRT is a Provincial responsibility.”

Working with the Columbia Shuswap Regional District and the City of Revelstoke, CBT is bringing experts on the CRT and international water management from across Canada to Revelstoke.

“Having people with this much knowledge about the current treaty come to our community is an excellent opportunity for all of us to learn more,” says David Raven, Mayor of Revelstoke.

“This is a chance to talk with experts and our neighbours about something that has influenced the geography and social fabric of this region for decades,” says Loni Parker, Columbia Shuswap Regional Director.

CBT is hosting similar sessions in other communities as well as online information sessions. CBT has also prepared documents, videos and other resources to help residents learn more.

Learn more about the CRT at www.cbt.org/crt. CBT delivers economic, social and environmental benefits to the residents of the Columbia Basin. To learn more about CBT programs and initiatives, visit www.cbt.org or call 1.800.505.8998.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION LINKS:

1. This short video presents key facts on CRT history

2. Fact sheet that outlines relationship between CBT and the CRT, and CBT’s role

3. Brochure that provides an overview of the CRT