Through this webpage, the Council and the Columbia Basin Trust (Trust) intend to improve public access to environmental data and general information about the international aspects of the Columbia River. Below are links to international Columbia River information from both sides of the border, Columbia River history in British Columbia and the United States, hydropower generation at Columbia River dams in both countries, and the history and future of the Columbia River Treaty.
The Council, an agency of the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington, is responsible for long-range electric energy planning in the Northwest and also for protecting and enhancing fish and wildlife that have been affected by the construction and operation of hydropower dams in the United States portion Columbia River Basin.
The Trust, an agency of the Province of British Columbia, also addresses the impacts of Columbia River Basin dams – specifically the impacts of the three Columbia River Treaty dams in the province. Created by the people, for the people, the Trust serves the affected area by assisting communities through funding and grants for programs including arts; culture and heritage; business advocacy; environment; scholarships; and community development. In addition, the Trust supports regional initiatives such as climate change adaptation, water stewardship, literacy, youth engagement, and land conservation.
Trust and Council Co-sponsored Conferences
Proposal for an International River Basin Organization for the Columbia River
Summary of the IRBO presentation and discussion at the conference.
Columbia River Treaty
Columbia River Treaty History
Columbia River History
Maps and Data
Climate Change in the Columbia Basin
Tribes and First Nations in the Columbia Basin
- Ktunaxa Nation
- Okanagan Nation Alliance
- Shuswap Nation
- Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission (Nez Perce, Umatilla, Warm Springs, Yakama)
- Upper Columbia United Tribes (Coeur d'Alene, Kalispel, Spokane, Kootenai, Colville)
- Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation (Shoshone-Bannock, Shoshone-Paiute, Burns Paiute, Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone)
- The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde (Umpqua, Molalla, Rogue River, Kalapuya, Chasta)
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- Cowlitz Indian Tribe