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The Columbia River Treaty The Columbia River Treaty was it a benefit or a rip off to the Canadian people Although it has been argued both ways my position is that the deal struck benefited the US and adversely affected British Columbia While we did receive money from the US for the sale of electricity this money does not adequately compensate for the loss of the benefits derived from actual water usage I hope to inform the readers of the importance of this treaty why it was controversial as well as look at the political environmental and economical factors that affected and influenced peoples opinions of the value of this treaty The Columbia River has been harnessed for power irrigation flood control and navigation It started in 1942 with the construction of Grand Coulee Dam the largest on the Columbia River now called the eighth wonder of the world The dam has 11 gates to allow the water to fall from twice the height of Niagara Falls at a rate of a hundred million gallons a minute This dam is located in Washington State in the USA The river drains an area larger than France and drops over 2650 feet in elevation as it travels 1214 miles from the Canadian Rockies to the Pacific Ocean The Columbia River and its tributaries make up what people refer to as the Columbia River The total hydro electricity generated by this system is a third of all the hydroelectricity power generated in the United States Boyer pg 821-826 This is still not enough they are still adding dams on this river system The river is very significant because it travels through both Canada and the United States The river starts from Columbia Lake located in southeast British Columbia and ends up as part of the Washington and Oregon State border before draining into the Pacific Ocean through a wide estuary west of Portland Oregon
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