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LEGAL FRAMEWORK: Treaties Guiding BPA Activities Affecting Columbia River Basin Fish & Wildlife

Treaties are written, legally-binding agreements between two states or sovereigns. BPA actions to protect, mitigate and enhance fish and wildlife in the Columbia River Basin are guided by treaties with Tribal Governments as well as Canada. These treaties include:

Treaty Citation Description
Columbia River Treaty Treaty Relating to Cooperative Development of the Water Resources of the Columbia River Basin (with Annexes) (September 16, 1964) Defines the relationship between the United States and Canada concerning the operation of Columbia River dams and reservoirs.
Pacific Salmon Treaty Treaty between the Government of Canada and the Government of the United States of America Concerning Pacific Salmon (August 13, 1985) Governs the harvest of certain salmon stocks in the fisheries of the Northwest states (including Alaska) and Canada.

Source: Laws, citations, and descriptions appearing herein are reproduced from the following document: "COLUMBIA RIVER BASIN   A Multilayered Collection of Directives and Plans Guides Federal Fish and Wildlife Activities". Published by the United States General Accounting Office (June, 2004). An electronic copy of this document is available here.

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