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Oversight Field Hearing on "The Future of the US-Canada Columbia River Treaty - Building on 60 years of Coordinated Power Generation and Flood Control"
Monday, December 9, 2013 9:00 AM
Full Committee
Pasco City Council Chambers, 525 North 3rd Avenue, Pasco, Washington 99301


Oversight Field Hearing on:

  • "The Future of the US-Canada Columbia River Treaty - Building on 60 years of Coordinated Power Generation and Flood Control"

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Member Statements:

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Chairman

Witnesses and Testimony:

PANEL I

Elliot Mainzer
Acting Administrator
Bonneville Power Administration
Portland, Oregon
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Brigadier General John Kem
Commander
United States Army Corps of Engineers, Northwestern Division
Portland, Oregon
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Kathy Eichenberger
Executive Director
Columbia River Treaty Review Team
BC Ministry of Energy and Mines
Victoria, British Columbia
(Truth in Testimony Form)

PANEL II

Kathryn Brigham
Secretary Treasurer
Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
46411 Timine Way
Pendleton, Oregon

Scott Corwin
Executive Director
Public Power Council
Portland, Oregon
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Tony Webb
General Manager
Grant County Public Utility District
Ephrata, Washington
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Rick Crinklaw
General Manager
Lane Electric Cooperative
Eugene, Oregon
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Ron Reimann
President, Columbia-Snake River Irrigators Association
Commissioner, Port of Pasco
Kennewick, Washington

Greg Haller
Conservation Director
Pacific Rivers Council
Portland, Oregon

Paul Amos
President
Columbia River Pilots
Portland, Oregon
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Wes McCart
Commissioner
Stevens County, Washington
Colville, Washington
(Truth in Testimony Form)

Background:

The Committee will hear from the Bonneville Power Administration, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, public power representatives, and local stakeholders on the upcoming renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada and the U.S. Entity’s draft recommendations regarding potential modifications. “The Columbia River plays a vital role in our region’s economy – providing low-cost hydropower, irrigation, and navigation. As the U.S. works through the future of the Columbia River Treaty with Canada, it’s important that the treaty remains focused on the core functions of coordinated power generation and flood control. I have expressed concerns with the draft recommendations of the U.S. Entity, and look forward to this opportunity to hear directly from impacted local and regional stakeholders,” said House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Doc Hastings.

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