The BC Government has touched base with residents in our region regarding the Columbia River Treaty negotiation process.
Meetings were held in Jaffray and Creston last week.
Minister of Children & Family Development Katrine Conroy says about 45 people showed up for last Tuesday’s meeting in Jaffray and discussed a number of issues.
“It revolved around the impacts of the reservoir on agricultural land, and a lot of people shared their stories about what happened when the Kootcanusa Reservoir was created, and what’s happened since.”
Conroy adds about 25 people showed up to the meeting in Creston the next night, many of them focused on issues like flood control data collection.
Canada and the US are working towards crafting an updated treaty as the current one expires in 2024.
The historic document was established in 1964 to provide guidelines for flood control and power generation.
Conroy feels the deal has been more favorable for the US so far.
– Katrine Conroy, Minister of Children & Family Development