"Thank you Judge Redden," said Spokane's Sam Mace of Save Our Wild Salmon in a Facebook post. "Oh, yes, and thank you Endangered Species Act, which the federal agencies have blatantly and egregiously ignored in this whole court process. ESA protects salmon and tourism jobs."
“I am extremely disappointed with Judge Redden’s ruling which threatens to preempt years of hard work by our stakeholders in order to serve a narrow special interest. The BiOp represents a longstanding consensus by experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, public utilities, municipalities, and tribes. Contrary to the Judge’s opinion, we’ve seen record fish runs in many parts of the Snake River as a result of the measures put in place at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars. The fact of the matter is, dam removal should not be an option."