I recently attended a meeting of the Legislative Council on River Governance, an organization managed by the Council of State Governments. The Legislative Council on River Governance is a cooperative association of legislators from Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington who meet to discuss common interests and challenges along the Columbia River basin.
The purpose of the Legislative Council on River Governance is to assert state legislative duty and authority over natural resources and river governance in the Columbia and Snake River Basins, and to unite the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to develop a proactive agenda of legislative action and communications. Continue reading →
This past July I had the opportunity to attend the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon. This organization was established by statute in 1991 with Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon Territory. It is a partnership that works collaboratively in both the public and private sectors, on economic issues that benefit the region. I am the appointed Senate Republican member of this organization and it is an honor to serve in this regional capacity.
At the summit, I attended a full day briefing on the Columbia River Treaty. The Columbia River Treaty is an agreement between Canada and the United States on the development and operation of dams in the upper Columbia River basin for power and flood control. The United States and British Columbia are currently working to update this important treaty. We were briefed on the progress of these negotiations which would enhance our state’s ability to comment and present ideas to our federal government.