Laws, Treaties, and Executive Orders
BPA's responsibilities for protecting, mitigating and enhancing fish and wildlife resources in the
Columbia Basin, as well as involving states, tribes and others in the process, are defined by a
multilayered collection of laws, treaties and executive orders. In addition, these responsibilities
have been defined and clarified over the years by numerous court decisions. This section of the
website provides a listing of key statues, treaties and executive orders that are related to the fish
and wildlife program. It is not intended to serve as a comprehensive reference list.