Summit to discuss Columbia River Treaty

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A Vancouver summit next month will explore the international treaty that drives the management of the Columbia River, and the review process now under way that could change or end it.

The U.S. and Canada adopted the Columbia River Treaty in 1964 with the goal of improving flood control and power generation on the shared watershed. The treaty has no end date, but either nation can terminate or amend it beginning in 2024 by giving 10 years' notice. That makes 2014 — and the joint review now in progress — critical in determining the agreement's future.

Next month's summit, hosted by the Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership, will include experts and community leaders from across the Columbia basin, according to organizers.

The summit will last from at 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth St.

More information is available at Lower Columbia Estuary Partnership.