I first became interested in the Columbia Basin in the winter of 2016-2017, when I was a Research Fellow at Quest University Canada (www.questu.ca). In partnership with Dr. Rich Wildman, I did research on:
- generally, how transboundary negotiations pertaining to major water infrastructure projects function.
- specifically, how efforts to reintroduce anadromous fish to the Upper Columbia Basin could proceed in the upcoming renegotiation of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).
The outcome of our research was a conceptual framework that can be used to assess these general types of cases and an application of that framework to shed light on the prospects for salmon restoration in the upcoming renegotiation of the CRT. A paper is currently under peer review.
Since I first began studying the Columbia Basin and the CRT, I've been fortunate to attend a number of related events including:
- The Columbia River Treaty: A Panel Discussion at Simon Fraser University (February 2017).
- The Columbia River Treaty Symposium at Northwest Indian College and Western Washington University (February 2017).
- Workshop of the UC Berkeley CRT Science Advisory Group at UC Berkeley (April 2017)
- The International Conference on Engineering and Ecohydrology for Fish Passage at Oregon State University (June 2017)
- The 5th annual One River, Ethics Matter conference on the CRT in Missoula, Montana (April 2018)