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Join us for a one day conference to reflect on the impact of the dam building era on the Columbia Basin.  We will discuss ways to modernize the Columbia River Treaty as we seek to establish a water ethic as foundational for resolving international water conflicts.

Click to download poster:  Portland: One River, Ethics Matter


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2015 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.

University of Portland

!  RSVP by October 16  !

Conference is free, and lunch is provided

To RSVP, contact Belgin Inan  503.943-8342


7:30   Registration

8:00   Welcome & Introduction


Invocation – Leotis McCormack Nez Perce Tribe Executive Council

Introduction and Overview: Tom Soeldner, John Osborn

8:30   I.   The Rivers of our Moment:   Ethics and Water

Bishop William Skylstad

Leotis McCormack

Moderator: Steve Kolmes

———  9:30 break ———

9:45   II.   The Rivers Through Our Memory: before the dams, impacts of the dam-building era

John Marsh, fisheries ecologist, attorney, policy analyst

Wilbur Slokish, hereditary Chief of the Klickitat/Cascade Tribe, member of Yakama Nation, Celilo Falls

Virgil Seymour, Arrow Lakes Coordinator, Colville Confederate Tribes, Sinixt Nation

Edward Washington, Vanport flood survivor

Crystal Spicer  From Vanport to Nakusp:  permanently flooding B.C. river valleys to provide flood protection for Portland

Moderator:  Jenny Holmes, EMO

———  12:15  Lunch (provided) ———

1:00  Afternoon Session

Invocation:  Fr. James Gallagher, Director of Campus Ministry, University of Portland.

1:05   III.   The Rivers of Our Vision:   Modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

Jim Heffernan, modernizing the Columbia River Treaty

Bob Heinith, climate and the future of flows

Aaron Wolf, international water agreements

Moderator:  Rachael Paschal Osborn

———  2:25 brief break ——— 

2:30   IV.  The Rivers as Our Responsibility:  Stewardship, Justice in action

Bishop Emeritus William Skylstad

Paul Lumley, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Executive Director (retired 2017, now ED of NAYA)

Pauline Terbasket, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Executive Director

Respondent:  Rabbi Jonathan Seidel

Respondent:  V. Rev. George Gray, St. Nicholas Church, Orthodox Church in America

Respondent:  Carol J. Dempsey

Respondent:  Paul Louis Metzger, Multnomah Biblical Seminary

Moderator: Steve Kolmes

4:15    Close, Collection of Declarations


Hosted by:

University of Portland

Environmental Studies Dept * Garaventa Center * McNerney-Hanson Chair in Ethics *   School of Engineering

Sponsored by:

McNerney-Hanson Chair in Ethics  *  Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission  *  Environmental Studies Department, University of Portland  *  Okanagan Nation Alliance  *  Upper Columbia United Tribes  *  Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon  *  Upper Snake River Tribes Foundation  *  Pacific Rivers  *  WaterWatch of Oregon  *  Citizens for a Clean Columbia  *  Columbia Riverkeeper  *  Salmo Watershed Streamkeepers Society  *  Sweo Chair in Engineering  *  Center for Environmental Law & Policy  *  The Roskelley Family  *  Molter Chair in Science   *  Save Our wild Salmon  *  Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture  *  Columbia Institute for Water Policy  *  Loo Wit Group, Sierra Club  *  Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, Washington State Chapter  *  ATRIA  *  Francis Maltby  *  Oregon Chapter, Sierra Club  *  Oregon Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Environmental Studies, University of Portland, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd,  Portland, OR  97203

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