Future of the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty, Building on 60 Years of Coordinated Power Generation and Flood Control: Oversight Field Hearing Before the Committee on Natural Resources, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, December 9, 2013   [open pdf - 305KB]

This is the December 9, 2013 hearing "Future of the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty, Building on 60 Years of Coordinated Power Generation and Flood Control" held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the opening statement of Doc Hastings: "The field hearing on the Columbia River Treaty was purposely set here in the Tri-Cities because it is in the heart of the Columbia River Basin. The Columbia River has always been essential to our economy and our way of life, generating clean, renewable power to light our homes and businesses, providing fish and recreation opportunities, and providing irrigation for our crops and serving as a waterway to move goods from the interior of the Northwest to our markets overseas. The river also reminds us of its destructive powers. Sixty-five years ago, 1948, devastating floods along the Columbia River wiped out the city of Vanport in Oregon and displaced thousands of people here in the Tri-Cities. And I do remember the flood of '48. That type of catastrophic flood is much less likely today in large part due to the Columbia River Treaty agreement with Canada and subsequent investments made in new dams by both countries. The 1964 Columbia River Treaty provided the framework for coordinated power generation and flood control between our two nations. Starting next year, either party can terminate the treaty with 10-year notice, and both countries are re-assessing the treaty to consider changes and develop recommendations for potential bilateral negotiations. We are pleased to have representatives of both the U.S. Entity, as well as the Canadian Entity, here to testify and to explain their views." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Paul Amos, Kathryn Brigham, Scott Corwin, Rick Crinklaw, Kathy Eichenberger, Greg Haller, John Kem, Eliot Mainzer, Wes McCart, Ron Reimann, and Tony Webb.

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