Columbia River Treaty

Edition: May 2019

Columbia Basin Transboundary Conference - Discuss the Future of the Columbia River

May 30, 2019

Online registration is open for the Columbia Basin Transboundary Conference: One River, One Future, an international conference addressing key issues related to the future of the Columbia River, its ecosystem, management, and international implications.

Co-hosted by Columbia Basin Trust and Northwest Power and Conservation Council , the conference will take place in Kimberley, B.C., from Sept. 12 to 14, 2019. Register now at

“With a conference focus on collaboration, culture, and conversation, attendees will explore a wide range of contemporary topics related to the Columbia River,” said Rick Jensen, Chair, Board of Directors Columbia Basin Trust and conference co-chair. “Our aim is for participants to have discussions and learn from one another and advance our collective approach to being stewards of the river that binds us.”

Through break-out sessions, interactive workshops, presentations, networking events and a guided regional tour, conference participants will share perspectives and build an understanding of current issues, emerging challenges, innovations and integrated approaches with respect to the Columbia River. The conference will leverage local subject-matter experts, researchers, policy-makers and traditional knowledge keepers to deliver fresh perspectives on the Columbia River’s future. There will also be a focus on celebrating the rich and diverse arts and culture in the Columbia River Basin.

“We are excited about this conference because it will bring together not only experts in the critical issues we have identified, but also many other interested people from both sides of the border and provide all of us an opportunity to actively listen, learn, and strengthen our understanding,” said Jennifer Anders, the Council Chair and conference co-chair with Trust Chair Rick Jensen. 

If you are a scientist, policy-maker, subject-matter expert representing energy, economic, and environmental perspectives, including the perspectives of State, Provincial, Federal, U.S. Native American Tribal and Canadian First Nation governments, make plans to attend this conference and discuss:

  1. Renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty;
  2. Reintroduction of salmon to the upper Columbia River;
  3. Impacts of and response to invasive species;
  4. Energy issues including hydropower, energy efficiency (conservation), transmission and renewable resources;
  5. Climate change-related impacts; and
  6. International water governance issues and opportunities.


The Columbia Basin Trust and Northwest Power and Conservation Council have co-hosted four previous international Transboundary Columbia River conferences, in 1998 (Castlegar), 2002 (Spokane), 2006 (Castlegar) and 2014 (Spokane).  

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