The federal judge pressing federal agencies to remedy the damage Columbia River hydroelectric dams wreak on protected salmon warned Wednesday of "very harsh" consequences if federal agencies do not find a legitimate solution.
U.S. District Judge James A. Redden did not specify what the consequences would be, but he has previously mentioned the possibilities of draining reservoirs and diverting extra water from other uses to help fish.
That could curtail cheap electricity generated by the dams and could limit irrigation supplies and barge traffic on the river.
During a hearing in his Portland courtroom Wednesday on the status of a landmark salmon lawsuit, his message for the federal government appeared to be that its draft plan to help salmon isn't good enough, and must do more for fish.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007