Regional Recommendation

The U.S. Entity developed its recommendation in collaboration and consultation with the region through the extensive, multi-year Columbia River Treaty Review. The constructive involvement the region’s sovereign states, federally recognized tribes and hundreds of stakeholders helped the Entity reach this important milestone. We want express our profound thanks to everyone who engaged with us for your involvement in this process.

The recommendation and cover letter are available below.

Regional Recommendation
Cover Letter

Next steps

According to the Department of State, following receipt of the regional recommendation in December 2013, the U.S. Government will take-up formally the question of the Columbia River Treaty. That process will be a Federal, interagency review under the general direction of the National Security Council on behalf of the President. The Department of State has been designated as the agency to coordinate and oversee this process on behalf of the National Security Council.

How or if operations under the Treaty, or the Treaty itself, may change -- and whether or not the U.S. will decide to discuss any matters with Canada is not yet determined and is ultimately a matter for the President. The Federal interagency process, through the Department of State, may reach back to the region and elsewhere for advice on specific issues or technical matters following the December 2013 submission of the final regional recommendation. The U.S. Entity is committed to supporting this effort

At the start of 2014, it is possible that while the Federal Government is reviewing the regional recommendation and working with other stakeholders who also hold national and/or regional interests in the Treaty, there may be a period of time in which there are little or no public updates on the process. This is considered a normal part of the U.S. foreign policy process with respect to our country’s interest in a treaty with another country. It should also be expected that the relevant committees of the Congress may request information on this process, both from elements of the Federal Government and other stakeholders.

The U.S. Entity and its Northwest partners stand ready to work with Canadian counterparts, in coordination with the Department of State, to develop the details of a modernized treaty that is fair, balanced and sustainable.

Future Updates

As the national level review progresses, the Entity will update stakeholders when there is new information to share.

The 2014/2024 Treaty Review

Over the years, the Columbia River Treaty has provided significant benefits on both sides of the border through coordinated river management. It remains the standard against which other international water coordination agreements are compared.

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