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NW Fishletter #375, November 6, 2017

[4] Jill Smail is State Dept.'s New Columbia River Treaty Negotiator

The U.S. Department of State announced Oct. 16 that Jill Smail will replace Brian Doherty as the department's negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty.

Smail, previously a senior water advisor in the department, joined the Office of Canadian Affairs as the CRT negotiator earlier this month, according to Cindy Kierscht, the State Department director for the Office of Canadian Affairs, who announced the appointment in an email to parties involved in the CRT.

Kierscht said Smail would communicate soon with stakeholders in Washington, D.C., and in the Northwest. Smail is also expected to travel to the region in early November when the Collaborative Modeling Work Group meets.

The modeling work group is a U.S. and Canadian effort created in 2016 to prepare for negotiations and establish a common base of information.

From 2009 through September 2017, Smail served as a water advisor in the State Department's Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs for Environment, Science, Technology, and Health, where she negotiated transboundary water issues in the Middle East. She joined the U.S. Department of State in 2001.

Smail received a Bachelor of Science in sociology and a Master of Science in government and public service from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. She is a native of Groesbeck, Texas. -L. B.

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