Operating the Columbia River: A Balancing Act

by David B. Smith, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Boise, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


Agreements to market the Canadian share of the hydroelectric power generated at U.S. facilities as a result of the Columbia River Treaty will begin terminating in 1998. Renewal of the power marketing agreements is complicated by the increasing competition for the limited water resources in the Columbia River Basin and the lack of public and institutional forums for addressing and resolving those issues on a system-wide basis. This paper discusses how the three Federal agencies involved in renewing the marketing agreements developed a strategy for future system-wide operation.

Subject Headings: Agreements and treaties | Rivers and streams | Hydro power | Power plants | Marketing | System analysis | Water resources | Competition | United States

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