Columbia River Treaty renegotiation talks took place in the Kootenays last week.
Minister of Children and Family Development Katrine Conroy is the minister responsible for the file for the province.
She says the rounds of discussions with representatives from both sides of the border in Nelson were productive.
“Some of the common message were both sides reiterated the need for both sides to consider, quite carefully, the views of people who live and work in the Columbia River Basin on both sides of the border. As well, they reviewed treaty hydro power planning and Canada/US hydro power operations.”
Conroy says bringing the CRT discussions to Nelson allowed US representatives to see how the historic document has impacted residents along the Columbia River on the Canadian side of the border.
She says the next round of negotiations happen in October in Portland, Oregon.
Conroy adds talks continue to be handled in good faith.
“It’s an opportunity to maximize the benefits for both Canada and the US and share those benefits equitably. This has always been the foundation of the treaty and it needs to continue to be. We both recognize that there are things that need to be tweaked after 60 years.”
The Columbia River Treaty was signed in 1964 to set guidelines for flood control and power generation.
It expires in 2024.
– Katrine Conroy – Minister of Children and Family Development, Kootenay West MLA