Book Launch / A River Captured:
the Columbia River Treaty and Catastrophic Change
Eileen Delehanty Pearkes
February 15, 2017
WHAT: Abstract: Who owns water and what are the ethics of hydro-electric projects in B.C.? In 1964, the U.S. and Canada signed the Columbia River Treaty, an international agreement governing the management of the upper Columbia River in southeastern B.C. The treaty required Canada to store water for flood control and hydro-power efficiencies, with most benefits experienced by the U.S. and all social and ecological costs born by the indigenous tribes and rural residents of this part of B.C. With the treaty up for potential re-negotiation, the time is right to explore how water management can change to reflect a new set of values. What could a new treaty look like?
bio: Eileen Delehanty Pearkes lives in Nelson, B.C. where she writes about landscape and human history.