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US Sets Position for Columbia River Bargaining

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The United States has staked out its position for potential negotiations with Canada over a treaty governing hydropower and flood control on the Columbia River and seeks to keep more of the energy produced at dams.
Canada hasn't released a corresponding final negotiation stand, but a draft released earlier this year recommended the opposite: that the U.S. pay more in hydropower for getting recreational and other benefits under the Columbia River Treaty.
U.S. regulators released their final recommendations Friday. The pact dating to 1964 governs operations of the fourth-largest river in North America.
The final U.S. recommendations also call for making ecosystem improvements a third primary purpose of the treaty - along with hydropower production and flood risk management.