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The U.S. Entity forwarded its recommendation concerning the future of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada to the U.S. Department of State on Dec. 13, 2013. Known as the “Regional Recommendation,” the U.S. Entity developed this recommendation in collaboration and consultation with the region through an extensive, multi-year Columbia River Treaty Review. The constructive involvement of the region’s sovereign states, federally recognized tribes, and hundreds of stakeholders helped the U.S. Entity reach this important milestone. (See also the cover letter sent to the U.S. Department of State regarding the Regional Recommendation.)

With the conclusion of the Regional Recommendation process, the U.S. government conducted a review concerning the post-2024 future of the Treaty. The U.S. Department of State is now leading the effort to negotiate with Canada to modernize the Treaty regime. As part of this effort, the U.S. Department of State will keep regional stakeholders apprised of developments and discuss specific issues or technical matters.

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For more information
visit the U.S. Department of State’s website at

Regional Recommendation
Cover Letter
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