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KEY PROVISIONS & BENEFITS

Benefits

Benefits to the U.S. and Canada derived from the Columbia River Treaty include:

  • 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 hydropower generation.
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  • 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.
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