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Columbia River Task Force (CRTF)
This page is provided as an archive of past information and is not being updated. For current information go to - Columbia River Water Management Program
The Columbia River Task Force is a joint executive/legislative policy group that will consider policy alternatives for the management of the Columbia River.
The goal of this joint process is the adoption of a new water management program for the Columbia River, recognizing that adequate water is needed to:
This will involve:
Overall, the Task Force process is intended to improve understanding of available policy options and develop broader legislative support for practical approaches to managing the River’s water resources.
Concurrently, and in consultation with partners and stakeholders, the Governor's Office will take steps to further develop and prepare for implementation formal water agreements with a variety of partners.
Task Force Composition
The Columbia River Task Force is made up of:
Task Force Timeline and Schedule
Executive and legislative officials will work to develop a common understanding of feasible water management alternatives. The participants will meet with federal policy makers, tribal governments, irrigation districts, cities, PUDs, and other governments.
They will consider the scientific, legal and political constraints on state water resource decisions in the context of
With the support of a neutral facilitator, the participants will consider the CRI proposal and other strategies to address these constraints.
Note: not all meeting speakers have confirmed availability; efforts to accommodate schedules may result in some speakers sending substitutes, or in moving speakers between meetings.
Past Information Posted to this Page
Draft substitute Bill S-4838.2/06
For hearing on SB 6581 in the Senate on 02/01/2006
D-Caucus proposal - January 18, 2006
Based upon ongoing discussions by the CRTF, democratic members have developed the following draft. The draft will be discussed at the January 20, 2006 meeting of the task force (see meeting information below).
Meeting times and dates will be posted here as scheduled.
Draft Legislation - Columbia River Bill (Z-0966.2)
At the request of the Columbia River Task Force, the Department of Ecology has prepared draft legislation to define the elements of a new water resources management approach for the Columbia River. If you have any questions or comments on the draft, please contact Gerry O'Keefe.
CRTF Draft Straw Proposal
The straw proposal reflects an effort to make the best use of time at the next meeting of the Columbia River Task Force. Ecology is making this document available to the stakeholders who are following the Task Force deliberation via our web site to further facilitate communication among interested parties. The department’s intent in offering the draft is to help focus the next Columbia River Task Force discussion on the issues that have come to the forefront in previous meetings.
Ecology remains fully committed to the Task Force effort. This draft represents the department’s effort to reflect the Task Force deliberations to the greatest extent possible.
October 31, 2005 Olympia, WA
October 24, 2005 Olympia, WA Agenda (117kb pdf)
August 30, 2005 Ellensburg, WA Agenda (108kb pdf)
July 28, 2005 Richland, WA Agenda (16kb pdf)
June 28, 2005 Olympia, WA Agenda (107kb pdf)
June 6, 2005 Olympia, WA Agenda (9kb pdf)
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