CEDER is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation dedicated to educating and informing political and business leaders, media and the general public about the economic, social, political, historical and natural environment of the Columbia Basin, Puget Sound, the Oregon and Washington Coast and related estuaries and watersheds.

CEDER provides two distinct functions to fulfill its mission: developing basic informational materials to educate regional policy makers; and providing a forum to decision makers to establish a vision and set direction for the future of the region. Both the educational function and the regional policy function will provide valuable products that will improve regional policy development.

In 2015, CEDER commissioned former U.S. Army Corps of Engineers economist, Dennis Wagner, to review Jim Waddell’s report on the Lower Snake River Feasibility Report. The CEDER report found, “the Waddell report should not be relied upon by decision makers, the press, or members of the public who are interested in the accurate costs associated with maintaining the authorized project purposes of the four Lower Snake River dams.” To read the report, click here.