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category: Nature
published: Nov 2014
ISBN:9781771600439
publisher: RMB | Rocky Mountain Books

The Columbia River Treaty

A Primer

by Robert William Sandford; Deborah Harford & Dr. Jon O'Riordan

tagged: hydrology, ecology, environmental conservation & protection, environmental policy
Description

Provocative, passionate and populist, RMB Manifestos are short and concise non-fiction books of literary, critical, and cultural studies.

The Columbia River Treaty ratification in 1964 created the largest hydropower project in North America, with additional emphasis on flood protection for the United States. As the treaty approaches its 60th anniversary, and the first opportunity for modification, its signatories are preparing proposals for new ways forward and stakeholders on both sides of the border are speaking up.

The Columbia River Treaty: A Primer is a vital work that clearly explains the nature of this complex water greement between Canada and the United States and how its impending update will impact communities, landscapes, industry and water supplies between the two countries for many years to come. The authors include in the work a call to action, in the hope that a renewed Columbia River Treaty might prove a model for other current transboundary water agreements around the world as they strive to meet not only the challenges of the present day but also the needs of future generations.

About the Authors

Robert William Sandford is a world-renowned and respected authority on freshwater issues as they relate to climate change and disruption. In 2011 he was invited to be an adviser on water issues by the InterAction Council, a global public-policy think tank composed of more than 20 former national leaders, including Jean Chrétien, Bill Clinton and Vicente Fox. He is the author of some 20 books on the history and ecology of the Canadian mountain West, including Water, Weather and the Mountain West (RMB, 2007), Restoring the Flow: Confronting the World's Water Woes (RMB, 2009), Ethical Water: Learning To Value What Matters Most (RMB, 2011) and Cold Matters: The State and Fate of Canada’s Fresh Water (RMB, 2013). He lives in Canmore, Alberta.


Deborah Harford is the executive director of ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University. She is responsible for development of the initiative’s pioneering vision and its unique partnerships with the public and private sectors, as well as overall coordination and management of the program. Deborah also directs and produces ACT’s policy recommendations for effective adaptation strategies at all levels of government, as well as communication and promotion of the program’s outcomes. Through her efforts, ACT has created networks between local, national and international climate change research practitioners, NGOs, industry representatives, all levels of government, First Nations groups and local communities. Deborah’s work with ACT has gained her national recognition as a resource for those seeking information on climate change adaptation and practical coping strategies. She lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Dr. Jon O’Riordan is a senior policy and research adviser to ACT (the Adaptation to Climate Change Team) at Simon Fraser University. He has formerly served as deputy minister of sustainable resource management and as assistant deputy minister of environment in the British Columbia government.

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