Columbia River Treaty Meetings to be Held This Week

By Beacon Staff

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Bonneville Power Administration will be hosting two meetings in the Flathead Valley this week to talk about the future of the Columbia River Treaty. The meetings in Kalispell and Eureka are open to the public.

The Columbia River Treaty was responsible for the creation of the Libby Dam and regulates the operation of many dams and reservoirs in the region. Parts of the agreement between the United States and Canada will expire in 2024 and this year entities on both sides of the border must decide how to move forward. Officials say decisions made this year could influence recreation and power generation for years to come.

On Wednesday, May 15, an open house and meeting will be held at the River Stone Lodge in Eureka at 4 p.m. On Thursday, a meeting will take place at the Kalispell Red Lion at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.crt2014-2024review.gov

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