Websites

Formal Treaty reviews:
     British Columbia - Columbia River Treaty Review​
                Monthly Treaty Review updates are available online.
     United States - 2014/2024 Columbia River Treaty Review

Educational Resources:
     Northwest Power and Conservation Council
     Columbia Basin Trust

Information Portals for Current Negotiations:

Research and Projects

Collection of Research and Datasets on the Columbia River Basin
Research and data collected on the Columbia River Basin from projects completed from 2010 to the present. Includes collaboration with the Universities Consortium on Columbia River Governance, the film A River Loved, and Master's and PhD research by OSU graduates.

Lessons from One River, One Future
This storymap integrates the views of stakeholders, managers, and decision makers who participated in the One River, One Future conference on the Columbia River in 2019. The conference covered five topics of interest to the members of the transboundary Columbia River community - the Columbia River Treaty, Columbia River Basin Water Governance, Climate Change, Energy, and Invasive Species. The story map was created by the Law of the Columbia River, Water Resources Course at the University of Idaho.

Publications and Reports

2019. "The Sense of the Meeting: Water Governance Session". Transboundary Columbia River Conference, One River, One Future. Kimberely, BC, Canada.

2019. Draft Proposal for Transforming Transboundary Water Governance in the Columbia River Basin.

2015. A Sacred Responsibility: Governing the Use of Water and Related  Resources in the International Columbia Basin Through the Prism of Tribes and First NationsUniversities Consortium on Columbia River Governance.

Bankes, Nigel and Barbara Cosens. 2014. "Protocols for Adaptive Water Governance: The Future of the Columbia River Treaty." Prepared for the Program on Water Issues, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

Brandes, Oliver M., Jon O'Riordan, Tim O'Riordan, and Laura Brandes. 2014. A Blueprint for Watershed Governance in British Columbia. POLIS Project on Ecological Governance, University of Victoria.

Bankes, Nigel and Barbara Cosens. 2012. "The Future of the Columbia River Treaty." A report for the Program on Water Issues, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.  

Cecchini Beaver, Mark F. 2013. "Transboundary Columbia River Operational Alternative Analysis in a Collaborative Framework." Master's thesis, University of Idaho. 

Cosens, Barbara, ed. 2012. The Columbia River Treaty Revisited: Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty,  A Project of the Universities Consortium on Columbia River GovernanceOregon State University Press.

Cosens, Barbara. 2012. "Resilience and Law as a Theoretical Backdrop for Natural Resource Management: Flood Management in the Columbia River Basin." Environmental Law 42, no.1.

Cosens, Barbara A. and Mark Williams. 2010. "Resilience and Water Governance: Adaptive Governance in the Columbia River Basin." Ecology and Society 17, no.4.

Cosens, Barbara. 2010. "Transboundary River Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: Resilience Theory and the Columbia River Treaty." 30 University of Utah Journal of Land Resources, and Environmental Law, 229.

Kidd, Joanna. 2012. "Bilateral University Legal Workshop on the Columbia River Treaty", prepared for the Program on Water Issues, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

University of Idaho/Oregon State University. Combined Report on Scenario Development for the Columbia River Treaty Review

Borrini-Feyerabend, Grazia, Michael Pimbert, M. Taghi Farvar, Ashish Kothari, and Yves Renard. 2014. Sharing Power: Learning-by-Doing in Co-Management  of Natural Resources Throughout the World. IIED and IUCN/ CEESP/ CMWG, Cenesta, Tehran.

Videos

Watson, Julie Elkins. 2011. A River Loved: A film about the Columbia River & the people invested in its future.

A River Loved tells the story of the Columbia River and the diverse people and interests in the basin. It was produced by Julie Watson, a former Water Resources Policy & Management student at Oregon State University. According to Julie: “The Columbia River has been successfully managed by the United States and Canada for hydropower and flood control since the 1960s. The Columbia River Treaty is an inspirational example of international cooperation; however, needs and values for the basin have changed since the 1960s. 

Many values for the river, including salmon migration, ecosystem services, aesthetics, recreation, and cultural value were not included in the original treaty. Furthermore, the treaty was negotiated by federal entities, and important actors- from tribes to regional stakeholders - were not actively included in the process.

Today, these topics are being discussed throughout the basin. In 2024, the flood control provisions of the Columbia River Treaty will expire. This creates the perfect opportunity for all the stakeholders on both sides of the border to come together and have a conversation about the future management of the Columbia.

It is my hope that this film will spark dialogue and foster a deeper understanding of the benefits that can be shared in the Columbia River Basin.”

A River Loved: A film about the Columbia River & the people invested in its future