Economics Starts with “Eco”: Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

This year, the Upper Columbia United Tribes worked with Earth EconomicsColumbia River Inter-Tribal Fish CommissionPacific RiversSave Our Wild Salmon, and WaterWatch of Oregon to develop The Value of Natural Capital in the Columbia River Basin report that shows the immense economic value of the Columbia River Basin’s natural assets.

The report looks at the value of the Columbia River Basin, and how modernizing the Columbia River Treaty can benefit our region.

The Columbia River Basin holds immense natural capital and economic value for all citizens – Ecosystem Services are estimated to provide a value of $198 billion annually. Modernizing dam management and increasing water flows in low water years would enhance the basin’s natural capital value.

To read the report, click here. More information can be found at the Columbia River
Inter-Tribal Fish Commission’s website.

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