KEY PROVISIONS & BENEFITS
Benefits to the U.S. and Canada derived from the Columbia River
The Columbia River basin in Canada provides about 50 per cent of
the total hydroelectric power produced in British Columbia .
Communities in both Canada and the U.S. are now better protected
from extreme floods.
The U.S. optimized operations to realize benefits of Canadian
floodwater storage and Canada received income in exchange.
- British Columbia used its income to construct the dams.
Additional water storage led to the subsequent development of
Increase in short-term employment opportunities to support building
and operation of the dams and hydropower projects.
Low-cost electricity primarily to areas of high consumption like
the Lower Mainland.