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 will help inform hydroelectric operations in the Columbia Basin and potential future improvements to the Columbia River Treaty. To learn more about the Committee, click below to read the Terms of Reference.

Supporting Materials

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 and presentations are available below. A summary of meeting notes will be available by early December.

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. See the top of the page for new supporting information.

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, draft summary report and presentations are available below. A final version of the summary report will be posted by the end of November and will incorporate feedback received from CBRAC members.