CSG West’s Legislative Council on River Governance (LCRG), established in 1998, is made up of state legislators from each of the Columbia River basin states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. The LCRG provides its members with opportunities to discuss the common challenges facing the people living and doing business in the basin, and to share strategies for addressing these challenges.
Representative Cliff Bentz
The purpose of the Legislative Council on River Governance is to assert state legislative duty and authority over natural resources and river governance in the Columbia and Snake River Basins, and to unite the states of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington to develop a proactive agenda of legislative action and communications.
Concentrate on those activities where we have more power together than we have separately.
Issues and Needs Common to all Four States:
1. Endangered Species Act; Clean Water Act
2. Reasserting the State’s authority over its water rights
3. Lack of meaningful role for legislatures – need for legislative participation in decision making
4. State sovereignty issues – keep federal government off of state turf
5. Need to work on a coordinated basis between states
6. States want a place at the table in the federal decision making process as it relates to state
issues; recognize dual sovereignty
7. Protect what states already have (legislation in place for resource management)
8. Tribal relations
9. Federal agencies conflict
Click here for Adopted Rules
Click here for a list of current members
Click here for the 2016 LCRG Agenda
Click here for the 2016 LCRG Meeting Presentations
Click here for the 2015 LCRG Agenda
Click here for 2015 LCRG Meeting Presentations