Join the Columbia Basin Regional Advisory Committee! *new

CBRAC has 2 vacant positions for citizen members – one in Castlegar and one in the Cranbrook/Koocanusa area. Browse the Terms of Reference and other materials on this page to see if this opportunity is for you.

Be part of a diverse, Basin-wide group dedicated to helping inform hydroelectric operations in the Columbia Basin and potential future improvements to the Columbia River Treaty.

  • Requirements: Knowledge of, and expertise in, the Columbia Basin and Basin interests. You must live in Castlegar or the Cranbrook/Koocanusa area.
  • Commitment: The Committee meets two to three times/year in person, with additional webinars and conference calls as needed.
  • Location: Meetings are held at various  locations in the Columbia Basin.  Where feasible, web and tele-conferencing are used to minimize time commitments and travel costs.

To apply, please submit a one page expression of interest before 4pm PST September 23rd, 2016 explaining which position you are applying for, why you want to be part of the Committee and what you can bring to the Committee. Submissions can be made by email to columbiarivertreaty@gov.bc.ca, or by mail to:

Brooke McMurchy, Policy Advisor
Ministry of Energy and Mines
PO Box 9314 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9N1

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 below to read the Terms of Reference.

Supporting Materials

Since its inception, CBRAC 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. The webinar and workshop listed below took place in early 2016, and started a deeper dive into understanding both topics and their issues more fully.

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.

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 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.