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Originally published Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at 8:16 PM

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Former salmon judge: Snake dams should come down

A federal judge who presided over the Columbia River Basin salmon case for years says the Snake River's four hydroelectric dams should be breached to help wild salmon.

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PORTLAND, Ore. —

A federal judge who presided over the Columbia River Basin salmon case for years says the Snake River's four hydroelectric dams should be breached to help wild salmon.

U.S. District Judge James Redden made his comments to Idaho Public Television. The Oregonian reports ( http://is.gd/lTVhp8) that the brief clips released Wednesday were recorded for an upcoming Outdoor Idaho documentary.

In the interview, Redden says "we need to take those dams down."

The 83-year-old Portland, Ore., judge took himself off the case last fall after rejecting a third government plan to balance the needs of protected wild salmon and hydroelectric dams.

Federal Judge Michael Simon now oversees the matter.

Redden is still practicing, though with a reduced caseload.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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