Judge James Redden: 'We Need to
by Scott Learn
U.S. District Judge James A. Redden, who presided over the Northwest's biggest salmon lawsuit for nearly a decade, told Idaho Public Television that the Snake River's four hydropower dams should be breached to help wild salmon.
"I think we need to take those dams down," Redden said, adding: "I've never ordered (federal agencies) or even tried to order them that you gotta take those dams down. But I have urged them to do some work on the dams (to improve prospects for salmon), and they have done (so)."
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Redden also said extra spill over dams to help fish is essential, a view often reflected in his rulings during the case. And he praised the work of government scientists, but said "the politics of it makes it difficult" for some of them.
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