About the Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee

Continuing with the open engagement that took place during the Columbia River Treaty Review process, the Province, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee, and BC Hydro initiated the Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee, a diverse Basin-wide group representing a broad range of perspectives, interests and geography, which help inform hydroelectric operations in the Columbia Basin and potential future improvements to the Columbia River Treaty. To learn more about the Committee, click on the Terms of Reference below.

Since its inception, the Committee, or “CBRAC” as it’s known, has identified a wide range of topics related to the Columbia River Treaty and Columbia Basin hydro operations that they would like to gain a better understanding of. Many of these topics are covered during regular CBRAC meetings; others are covered during webinars and workshops. On this page you will find materials and discussion summaries from all sessions.

Supporting Materials

October 13 & 14, 2016 *new

CBRAC held its seventh meeting on October 13 & 14, 2016 in Revelstoke BC. Twenty-seven of the thirty-four members attended, along with representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee, BC Hydro, FortisBC, Columbia Power Corporation, Columbia Basin Trust and the Government of Canada. The agenda, attendee list and presentations are available below.

May 25 & 26, 2016

CBRAC held its sixth meeting on May 26 and 27, 2016 in Cranbrook BC. Nineteen of the thirty-two members attended, along with representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee, BC Hydro, FortisBC, Columbia Power Corporation, the Canadian Government, the Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission and the Upper Columbia United Tribes. Meeting materials are available below.

March 9, 2016: Kootenay System Workshop

CBRAC requested a workshop to strengthen their understanding of hydro operations on the Kootenay River system. The members of the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee (LGC) were invited to join the workshop.

This workshop was held on March 9, 2016 with on-site participants in Castlegar and video conference links to Valemount, Golden and Cranbrook, as well as a telecon link to Nakusp. Twenty-six of the thirty-six CBRAC members attended, as well as six of the ten LGC members. Representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, BC Hydro, FortisBC, Regional District of Central Kootenays, Environment and Climate Change Canada and the US Army Corps of Engineers provided presentations.

This workshop started a deeper dive into understanding the Kootenay System and related issues more fully.

February 17, 2016: Water Use Planning Webinar

CBRAC requested a webinar to increase understanding of the purpose, process of development, roles and responsibilities for the Columbia and Duncan Water Use Plans (WUPs), and provide information regarding implementation of the WUPs. Thirteen CBRAC members tuned in, along with representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee, and BC Hydro.

The presentation was delivered by a representative from the Water Management Branch of the B.C. Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. The Deputy Water Comptroller of Water Rights was present to answer questions.

October 26 & 27, 2015: Meeting #4

The CBRAC held its fourth meeting on October 26 and 27, 2015, in Golden B.C. Twenty-two of the thirty-six members attended, along with representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Columbia Power Corporation and the Canadian Federal Government. The agenda, attendee list, meeting summary and presentations are available below.

March 12, 2015: Meeting #3

The CBRAC held its third meeting (second time in person) on March 12, 2015 in Castlegar, B.C. Twenty-three of the thirty-six members attended, along with representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee, BC Hydro, Fortis BC and the Canadian Federal Government. Highlights from the day included presentations from BC Hydro on Basin reservoir operations and planning for B.C.’s future energy demand, and a group discussion on how to further engage the public in Columbia River Treaty and hydro operations. CBRAC also received an update on Columbia River Treaty activities, and approved the CBRAC Code of Conduct. The agenda, attendee list, draft summary report and presentations are available below.

December 15, 2014: Meeting #2 and Webinar on the Impacts and Benefits of the Columbia River Treaty

The Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee held its second meeting via conference call on December 15, 2014. The meeting featured a presentation by George Penfold on the Range of Impacts and Benefits of the Columbia River Treaty on Basin Communities, the Region and the Province (2012). Twenty of the thirty-seven Committee members attended, along with representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee and BC Hydro. The agenda, summary, attendee list and presentation materials are available below.

September 11, 2014: Inaugural Meeting

The Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee (CBRAC) held its inaugural meeting on September 11, 2014 in Nelson, B.C. Twenty-two of the thirty-six members attended, along with representatives from the B.C. Ministry of Energy and Mines, the Columbia River Treaty Local Governments’ Committee and BC Hydro. The agenda, attendee list, meeting summary and presentations are available below.