Ethics and the

    Columbia River Treaty

    Righting Historic Wrongs

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     Crystal Spicer

Crystal was born in Nakusp, BC, along the Columbia River.  She knew the river for 17 years -- before there were any dams on it in Canada.  The river she knew as a young girl was vibrant and sustainable of life within the river and along its shores.  With the Columbia River Treaty, the way of life known to the Spicer family – as with so many families in the Upper Columbia River region – underwent wrenching change:  the family farm was lost due to the Hugh Keenleyside Dam in 1968.

Crystal Spicer’s work includes in Fisheries (Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, working with Pacific salmon species and steelhead programs);  Forestry (Ministry of Forests, silviculture department) in Prince George and Vancouver Island; and Agriculture in Quebec (cash crop, dairy). 

In 2010 Crystal returned home to the Columbia River valley to live at Edgewood.  In 2012, she founded the Columbia River Treaty Action Group which later became a registered society as the Columbia Basin Revitalization Coalition with a mandate to have dam operations modified in order to promote restoration of ecosystems and other values impacted or lost by the dams.

For an interview with Crystal and her sister, Janet Spicer, click here.