Opportunity and Crisis - the Renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty

  • 21 Feb 2012
  • 5:30 PM (PST)
  • Pyramid Alehouse 1201 First Avenue South Seattle, WA 98134

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The Columbia River Treaty, which was signed in 1964, is up for renegotiation.  This critical Treaty between the Province of British Columbia and the United States sets the framework for the regulation of the Columbia River.  When it was signed in 1964, there were two concerns, and only two concerns: hydroelectricity and flood control. The world is very different now - both the US and BC acknowledge that environmental concerns, tribal concerns and the impacts of climate change must be considered in future treaty negotiations.  Will there be a new treaty? What are the legal parameters?  What process is underway? What factors will be pivotal in the upcoming negotiations?     

The speaker can’t pretend to have any answers but will gladly join in speculation.


Suzanne Skinner, an attorney for over 20 years, recently became the Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Law & Policy.   She previously served as a water resources and shorelines judge for the state Environmental Hearings Office); an attorney for American Rivers; an assistant US attorney in New York specializing in environmental, fraud and civil RICO actions; and as researcher for a Hong Kong think tank.   Most recently, she was the Civil director of the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

Event Details:

Social 5:30-6:30

Dinner 6:30-7:00

Presentation 7:00

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