Apr 272012

Tear 'em down, he says in interview to be aired on Idaho Public TV

Retired federal judge James A. Redden, revered and reviled in the Pacific Northwest for his rulings on Columbia River dam operations, has told an interviewer for Idaho Public Television that the four Snake River dams should come down.

Said the former chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Oregon:

“I think we need to take those dams down … And I’ve never ordered them you know - or tried to order them that you’ve gotta take those dams down. But I have urged them to do some work on those dams…and they have.”

The story was first reported on EarthFix, a public media project operated by a number of radio and TV stations in the Northwest. The New York Times picked up on it today.

Author info

Steve Davies is editor and publisher of Endangered Species & Wetlands Report, which he started in 1995. Davies began his professional journalism career as a copy editor for the weekly Gazette Newspapers in Gaithersburg, Md., before becoming a reporter there. He then moved to Carlisle, Pa., covering Cumberland County government for the daily Sentinel. He returned to the Washington area to cover Congress and federal regulatory agencies for a series of trade newsletters before starting his own publication, which is an independent venture. Click LinkedIn for more detail.