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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

Columbia River

George (Rock) Pring, Kirk Whitehead

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 14 December 2019

Subject(s):
Rivers — Pollution — Equitable principles — Sustainable development — Regional co-operation

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The Columbia River is an international watercourse shared by Canada and the United States of America (‘US’; International Watercourses). Its intensive development has been and remains possible because of the high level of co-operation between the two countries (Co-operation, International Law of). Nearly 100 years ago, the US and Canada started the equitable utilization of shared resources of the Columbia River basin with a series of treaties that are the framework by which the river is still managed. Today more than 400 dams on the Columbia River’s mainstem and...
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