Columbia River in British Columbia

Columbia River in British Columbia.

The U.S. Department of State is hoping to have an agreement in principle by June with Canada in its negotiations over the Columbia River Treaty, which would leave time to write a new treaty before September 2024—when flood risk management provisions in the current treaty expire.

"Resolving the remaining sticking points by June is ambitious, but the United States believes it is achievable. We have made significant progress," Jill Smail, the State Department's chief U.S. negotiator for the Columbia River Treaty, said during a public listening session April 19.

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K.C. Mehaffey covers fish issues for Clearing Up, and is editor of the NW Fishletter. She joined the NewsData writing team in February 2018. From lawsuits to scientific studies, she is enjoying the deep dive into the Columbia Basin's many fish topics.