The CREST Story


Why protect and restore the Columbia River Estuary?

Signed in 1961, the Columbia River Treaty between Canada and the United States authorized dams to be built along the length of the river and its numerous tributaries from central British Columbia through Washington and Oregon. The purpose was to control flooding and to meet the demand for hydroelectricity in the neighboring communities. Infrastructure development, including construction of 14 major dams, and diversion of various streams and smaller tributaries, continued through the 1960s.   

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The Origins of CREST

Where did CREST come from?

CREST- whose original acronym was defined as "Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce"- was established in 1974 to gather scientific background material and develop a management plan for the entire estuary ecosystem in response to growing conflicts over use and development of estuarine areas and dwindling natural resources..  CREST was initiated as a non-regulatory Council of Governments by local governments in both Oregon and Washington.  

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CREST's Current Vision

Where is CREST going?

Recently CREST formalized their mission to adapt to the changing needs of the environmental, economic and political climate: to provide locally-based, high quality environmental planning, habitat restoration and research services to the Columbia-Pacific Region. CREST has moved beyond their original mandate to solely provide research and planning recommendations. 

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