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Conference Issue Topics

Objectives:

  1. Showcase the complexity of geomorphology, hydrology, and ecology of the Columbia Basin watershed and the importance of floods to the ecosystem.
  2. Account for climate change and strengthen commitment to developing adaptive governance for flexible and coordinated management (among fed, tribal, state, local gov’ts, +stakeholders).
  3. Demonstrate biological benefits of tribal floodplain restoration projects to fish and wildlife.
  4. Evaluate instream water features formed within natural flows and their ecological value.

Objectives:

  1. Highlight tribal/First Nation ecological values, traditional practices (TEK), technological developments, and political authority.
  2. Understand current and historical impacts of existing flood control management at Columbia Basin dams and reservoirs.

Objectives:

  1. Understand current and historical impacts of existing flood control management at Columbia Basin dams and reservoirs.
  2. Illustrate the social, cultural, and economic consequences of watershed destabilization (include best/worst case scenarios).
  3. Link ecological benefits with public safety for federal and local policy coordination.
  4. Implement outreach strategies for public education on flood risk policies and ecological flood benefits.

Objectives:

  1. Present analysis of the economic burden for floodplain restoration against the projected risks of watershed destabilization and benefits of watershed resilience.
  2. Illustrate the social, cultural, and economic consequences of watershed destabilization (include best/worst case scenarios).
  3. Explore alternative flood management to achieve biological benefits to fish and wildlife (beaver dams, miniature dams used to restore ecosystem-based function).

Objectives

  1. Engage federal and local agency coordination and commitment to policy development for flood risk mitigation, flood damage, and ecological reliance i.e. BiOp, USACE, drainage dist., local zoning, etc. (Highlight cost to people, property, fish/wildlife).
  2. Reinforce collaboration and consensus among Columbia Basin tribes. Continue collaboration between tribes and First Nations of the Columbia Basin. Fortify partnership between tribes/Frist Nations and federal/local/provincial agencies.
  3. Explore alternative flood management to achieve biological benefits to fish and wildlife (beaver dams, miniature dams used to restore ecosystem-based function).
  4. Link ecological benefits with public safety for federal and local policy coordination.
  5. Consider implementation of NAI – No Adverse Impact (ecological + economic).
  6. Advance Columbia River Treaty modernization – Floodplain reconnection for ecosystem-based function based upon recognized benefits and viable regional implementation.
  7. Implement outreach strategies for public education on flood risk policies and ecological flood benefits.

Event Hosts

Canadian Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Commission

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes

Cowlitz Indian Tribe

Okanagan Nation Alliance

Upper Columbia United Tribes

Upper Snake River Tribes

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