Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 5:52 PM Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 5:57 AM
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)."
Redden, 83, stepped down from the Columbia Basin salmon case in November, three months after rejecting the federal government's plans for operating dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers for the third time.
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