Publication Title

University of British Columbia Law Review


Columbia River, international rivers

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The dispute between the United States and Canada regarding the apportionment of the Columbia River is not settled. In March 1959, pursuant to the 1944 reference, the International Joint Conimission submitted to the governments of Canada and the United States a comprehensive engineering report on "Water Resources of the Columbia River Basin" prepared by the International Columbia River Engineering Board. This report contains three plans for utilizing the resources of the Columbia. Two of these plans include diversion of part or all of the Kootenay River into the Columbia at Columbia Lakes. All three plans would develop about the same amount of power and flood control benefits. Interestingly, none of them mentions the sometimes threatened diversion of the Columbia into the all Canadian Thompson and Fraser Rivers.



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