Exploring Ecosystem Improvements through the Columbia River Treaty

Date: June 15, 2022
Time: 6 – 8 p.m. Pacific Time / 7-9 p.m. Mountain Time
Location: Zoom Webinar

This session provided an overview of Indigenous-led research and assessments underway to determine how reservoir and river operations might be modified to improve aquatic and riparian ecosystems in the B.C. portion of the Columbia Basin. Presentations focused on three specific areas:

  1. Operations to restore floodplain, riparian and wetland ecosystems;
  2. Operations to restore natural river functions; and
  3. Operations to assist in restoring anadromous salmon.

Agenda and full list of speakers (PDF)

Info Sheets

The following info sheets provide a summary of research and current performance measures in each respective area of study.

Presentation Slides

This work is being conducted by the Columbia River Treaty Ecosystem Function Subcommittee, which was established by the Negotiations Advisory Team to explore how ecosystems could be considered and, ideally, enhanced in a modernized Treaty. The Ecosystem Function Subcommittee is led by the Ktunaxa, Secwepemc and Syilx Okanagan Nations and includes representatives from provincial and federal agencies and consultants. The Negotiations Advisory Team includes representatives from Canada, B.C. and the three Nations and provides advice and information to Canada’s Columbia River Treaty negotiating team.

Thank you to all who attended the session. A report summarizing the event and responding to the questions raised will be shared on this page in the near future.