The Future of the Columbia River: Governance Reflections and Opportunities

Date: February 20th, 2019

The 2000-kilometre Columbia River flows through the heart of the Pacific Northwest, beginning its journey in British Columbia’s Rocky Mountains and emptying into the Pacific Ocean in Oregon. This transboundary river is critically important for its cultural, social, economic, and ecological values.

The Columbia River Treaty (CRT) came into force between Canada and the United States in 1964 with a narrow scope focused on flood control and hydropower production. Fifty-five years later, times have changed, and new thinking is needed to ensure a sustainable future for this important river.

This webinar offered an update on the Treaty negotiation process to date, and explored some innovative governance options and a discussion of opportunities for the Columbia River in the context of a modernized Treaty.

Kathy Eichenberger (B.C. Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources)
Lynn Kriwoken (B.C. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy)
Glen Hearns (Eco-Logical Resolutions)

Zita Botelho (reFRESH Water Innovation Lab)

Recorded February 20, 2019 as part of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project’s Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series.


Hosted since 2010 by the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria, the Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series brings together expert water practitioners and thinkers, as well as emerging water leaders, to engage with innovative ideas on water policy and governance in Canada. By creating an online community of interest, the series strengthens the national capacity to engage with and solve problems, and raises awareness about emerging Canadian water issues, best practices, and policies. The 2018/019 season is being co-hosted by POLIS and the Water Economics, Policy and Governance Network (WEPGN) with a focus on research developed by WEPGN researchers and partners.

Webinar Summary