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.