PNW reps urge action on Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia River flows past cherry orchards south of Wenatchee, Wash., in early July. PNW lawmakers are eager to have a treaty governing flood control and other aspects renegotiated with Canada.

Five U.S. senators and 16 U.S. House members from the Pacific Northwest sent Secretary of State John Kerry a letter Aug. 11 urging the State Department to begin negotiations with Canada to modernize the Columbia River Treaty.

The State Department has stated it intended to start negotiations this year, but despite multiple letters from Congress urging it to do so and receiving regional recommendations almost three years ago, it has not, said Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., part of the bipartisan group that signed the letter.

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