Strategic Policy


British Columbia/Washington Environmental Cooperation Council

Peace ArchThe Environmental Cooperation Council (ECC) was established by the Environmental Cooperation Agreement entered into by the Governor of Washington State and Premier of British Columbia on May 7, 1992. Its purpose is to ensure coordinated action and information sharing on environmental matters of mutual concern.

There are several critical cross-border environmental issues that require joint attention by Washington State and BC. In an effort to address these issues, the Council establishes and directs the work of Task Forces which facilitate information sharing, coordination and cooperation on issues of mutual interest.

The ECC and its Task Forces are actively dealing with a number of environmental issues: flooding of the Nooksack River, the Abbotsford Sumas Aquifer, air quality in the Fraser Valley/Pacific Northwest airshed, the shared waters of the Georgia Basin and Puget Sound, and air and water quality issues in the Columbia River Basin.

For more information about the BC/WA Environmental Cooperation Council contact:

Tom Laurie, Washington Department of Ecology
Ph. (360) 407-7017

Penny Lloyd, B.C. Ministry of Environment
Ph. (250) 356-7595


Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Environmental Cooperation Council will be hosted in Washington in 2009. For more information about the BC/WA Environmental Cooperation Council contact:

  • Tom Laurie, Washington Department of Ecology, (360) 407-7017

  • Penny Lloyd, B.C. Ministry of Environment
    (250) 356-7595

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