River Of Hope: The Columbia River From Source To Sea

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Photographer Peter Marbach will share stories and imagery from his current project documenting the landscapes and culture of the entire 1,250 Columbia, from its humble beginnings in Canal Flats, British Columbia, to the two-mile-wide confluence with the Pacific. Marbach will discuss the importance of the current Columbia River Treaty re-negotiations and its implications that may lead to the eventual return of Pacific Salmon all the way to the headwaters.

The Columbia River flowed for thousands of years in a natural state of astounding beauty and was the place of a miraculous, ancient migration of Pacific salmon that came all the way home to the headwaters. The era of dams brought great contributions including clean hydropower, flood control, and irrigation that created a rich agricultural bounty for the Northwest. In 1964, the U.S. and Canada enacted a 50 year treaty that focused on these benefits but did not address the restoration of ecosystems and the impact on tribal nations. The Columbia River Treaty is now being re-negotiated. Thanks to persistent efforts lead by First Nations in Canada and numerous tribes in the United States as well as other key stakeholders, we now have a once in a generation opportunity to ensure that language is adopted to include ecosystem restoration and the eventual return of pacific salmon into Canada.

Peter Marbach‘s evocative landscapes reflect time spent working with light at the edges of day. He has produced six photo essay book projects and has had a diverse list of clients, from National Geographic to Travel Oregon. His work is part of a permanent collection at Oregon State University, and a selection of his photography is currently on display in the Oregon Historical Society exhibit The Columbia River: From Source to Sea.
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By: Oregon Historical Society

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