2016: USA Co-Chair Michelle Connor and co-secretary Scott Powell at Newhalem.

The Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission (the Commission) was established under an agreement between the Province of BC and the City of Seattle as a condition within the Ross Lake/Seven Mile Reservoir Treaty between the United States and Canada signed in 1984 (Appendix D). The treaty and agreement are in effect until 2064.

SEEC’s Mission

To ensure the preservation and protection of the natural and cultural resources and recreational opportunities of the Upper Skagit Watershed at the highest North American management standards through advocacy, promoting international cooperation and strategic partnerships and investments.

The Commission does not manage any land itself. Rather, it cooperates with government agencies in both the U.S. and Canada which are responsible for this land. Most is publicly owned and administered by the park agencies in the respective countries.

How SEEC Works

The Commission meets several times a year to administer the Fund by reviewing project proposals, monitoring contracts and addressing environmental issues in the Upper Skagit Watershed. The Commission’s budget must be approved by the Province of British Columbia and Seattle City Council.

Two Delegations

The sixteen-member Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission charged with administering the Endowment Fund consists of an eight-person Canadian delegation appointed by the Premier of British Columbia and an eight-person U.S. delegation appointed by the Mayor of Seattle. All are appointed to four-year terms on a staggered basis.

Each delegation has four Commissioners and four Alternate Commissioners who vote in the Commissioner’s absence. In practice, all members of the Commission participate in a wide variety of projects.

Each delegation elects a Chair from among their Commissioners to serve for the duration of their term.

From time to time there are vacancies on the Commission. Interested?

  • In Canada, see “Crown Agencies and Board Resourcing Office” to be considered for future Canadian SEEC Commissioner opportunities.
  • In the US, contact Seattle City Light via email at seec-usa@skagiteec.org.