Our dammed river treaty is coming up for public discussion again on Nov. 6 in Nakusp.

Have your say: help shape the CRT in Nakusp

Nakusp residents are invited to community workshops in early November to discuss the CRT draft recommendations.

Nakusp residents are invited to community workshops in early November to discuss the CRT Local Governments’ Committee draft recommendations to the Province on the future of the Columbia River Treaty (CRT).

“These discussions will help shape how Canada and the United States manage the Columbia River in the future. Decisions that will be made about the future of the Treaty will influence water levels and reservoirs in this region for decades to come,” says Deb Kozak, CRT Local Governments’ Committee Chair and Councillor, City of Nelson.

The CRT Local Governments’ Committee wants you to attend the community workshop on Wednesday, November 6 in Nakusp at the Nakusp Community Complex & Arena (200 8th Ave NW). Workshops are also being held in Jaffray, Golden and Castlegar.

The Provincial Workshop takes place from 6:30 – 8 p.m. The Province’s Columbia River Treaty Review team is seeking further feedback on their Draft Public Consultation Report as they prepare recommendations to Cabinet on the future of the Columbia River Treaty. Learn more at www.gov.bc.ca/columbiarivertreaty.

Between  8 – 9 p.m., the  Local Governments’ Workshop will be held. Review draft recommendations developed by your local governments on the future of the CRT. Learn more and download documents at www.cbt.org/lgcommittee.

These consultation workshops are free and registration is not required. You can join the workshop in Castlegar online on November 7 – but you must register. To find out more about the community and Live Stream event visit: www.gov.bc.ca/columbiarivertreaty/events/2013-11.

“We have heard from area residents about their concerns and issues regarding the CRT and we have sought advice from experts and others to find the best solutions,” says Mayor Karen Hamling, Village of Nakusp.  “Now we want to share this information with Basin residents and hear their views so we can refine our draft recommendations.”

You can provide feedback on the Local Governments’ Committee draft recommendations at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CRTLGC-Oct2013 or written feedback can be sent to CRT Local Governments’ Committee, Box 2029, Revelstoke, BC V0E 2S0. Feedback deadline is November 15, 2013.

The CRT Local Governments’ Committee, with support from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), is working with, and on behalf of local governments through appointed representatives from the four Regional Districts in the Basin, the Village of Valemount and the Association of Kootenay Boundary Local Governments. The Committee is working together to bring  regional views, values and interests with respect to the CRT to provincial and federal agencies. With the support of Columbia Basin Trust, the Committee is helping Basin residents and local governments engage in decisions about the future of the CRT.

Learn more and stay informed:

· Subscribe to the Provincial CRT Review e-letter at www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/enews-subscribe.html

·Join the discussion on  Twitter #crtreaty and Facebook at www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Columbia-River-Treaty-Review/471508369560835?fref=ts

· Take a tutorial on your own schedule at www.cbt.org/crt/tutorial

· Learn more at www.cbt.org/crt


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