As of 2017, 310 projects have been completed by Norton-Arnold & Company. Here are just a few of Margaret’s signature clients and projects.
Columbia River Treaty
From 2011-2013, Margaret facilitated the 19-member Sovereign Review Team(SRT) charged with the task of developing a four-state regional recommendation on the future of the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada. The region encompassed Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. SRT members included representatives of each state’s governor and ten federal agencies, as well as five members representing a coalition of 15 Columbia River Tribes.
Margaret’s contract was with the U.S. Entity, made up of the Bonneville Power Administration and the Army Corp of Engineers. The Columbia River Treaty, signed in the early 1960s, was designed to control flooding, and also enabled the construction of new hydroelectric dams in both countries. There were virtually no Treaty provisions focused on habitat and species protection.
Having suffered historically from its provisions, the Tribes wanted to ensure that the Treaty would be modified to include stronger environmental protections. Tensions ran high throughout the process, with struggles related to the need for operational flexibility to protect fish, balanced with pressures for reliable hydroelectric power and flood control.
Over the course of three years, Margaret managed monthly meetings of the SRT, including agenda development, meeting facilitation, and reports. Her work also involved the facilitation of web-based meetings and numerous small group discussions to reach agreement on the most contentious subject areas. Margaret also participated in the writing of the recommendation, which, in and of itself, took six months. The regional recommendation was submitted to the U.S. Department of State on December 13, 2013. Every member of the SRT signed on in support of the final document.