Legislative Council on River Governance (LCRG)


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



Mission Statement

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.

Guiding Principles


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



2016 LCRG

Click here for the 2016 LCRG Agenda

Click here for the 2016 LCRG Meeting Presentations



2015 LCRG

Click here for the 2015 LCRG Agenda

Click here for 2015 LCRG Meeting Presentations



For more information about LCRG contact Jeff Miller at 916-553-4423 or jmiller@csg.org