Image: Koocanusa Reservoir
In 2011, local governments across the Columbia Basin came together to help Basin residents and local governments engage in decisions around the future of the Columbia River Treaty.
With the support of the Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the four regional districts in the region joined with the Village of Valemount and the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments (AKBLG) to create the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments Committee.
We are very grateful to CBT and the Province for ongoing funding for our work.
The Committee’s role is defined in its terms of reference.
The CRT Committee provides a coordinated venue to:
ensure local governments of the region are actively engaged in CRT related issues;
create opportunities for dialogue and consultation with Canadian provincial and federal agencies around CRT related issues;
work with CBT to create education and awareness activities in the Region to increase local government and basin residents understanding around CRT related issues;
work to help Canadian provincial and federal agencies understand regional views, values and interests with respect to the CRT; and
create mechanisms that consider basin residents’ views in any discussions related to the future of the CRT and where appropriate, advocate for specific interests of the region.
As outlined in the Terms of Reference, each regional district appoints two representatives and the Village of Valemount and the AKBLG each appoint one representative to the Committee. The current members are listed below:
Director Area B, Lower Columbia
Director Area B, Baynes Lake
Director Area B, Revelstoke/Trout Lake
Director Area D, North end of Kootenay Lake
Director Area A, Kimberley
Village Councilor, Valemount
City Councilor, Nelson