- Engineering Committee
- Administrative Procedures
The Columbia River Treaty
established the Permanent Engineering Board (PEB) to handle tasks
such as assembling flow records, assisting in settling differences
that may arise between the Entities, and creating annual reports
of the results being achieved.
Article XV of the Treaty
established the Board consisting of four members, two appointed by
Canada, and two by the U.S.
The duties of the Permanent Engineering
- Assembling records of the flows of the
Columbia River and the Kootenay River at the Canada - U.S.
- Reporting to the U.S. and Canada whenever
there is substantial deviation from the hydroelectric
and flood control operating
plans and if appropriate include in the report recommendations
for remedial action and compensatory adjustments;
- Assisting in reconciling differences
concerning technical or operational matters that may arise
between the entities;
- Making periodic inspections and require
reports as needed from the entities with a view to ensuring
that the objectives of the Treaty are being met;
- Making reports
to the U.S. and Canada at least once a year of the results
being achieved under the Treaty
and make special reports concerning any matter which it
considers should be brought to their attention;
- Investigating and reporting with respect
to any other matter coming within the scope of the Treaty at
the request of either the U.S. or Canada .
For the U.S. Section of the PEB, the
Secretary of the Army and Secretary of Energy each appoint one
person as a U.S. member. At the time of appointment such members
may be but need not necessarily be, officers or employees of the
U.S., and shall serve as a member of the Board at the pleasure of
the appointing Secretary.
In addition to the two members, there are
two alternate U.S. members of the Permanent Engineering Board,
with one each appointed by the respective Secretaries. The
appointed members and alternate members compose the U.S. Section
of the PEB. The member appointed by the Secretary of the Army is
the Chairman of the U.S. Section.
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