A dam removed by the Bureau of Land Management on a tributary of Rattlesnake Creek north of Mountain Home was one of 72 removed nationally in 2014.
The Hoffman Duffy Dam, an earthen dam 9.5 feet high and 570 feet long that created a retention pond for seasonal runoff, was removed in October to protect downstream residents and a nearby highway. A smaller impoundment was maintained for migratory birds and antelope.
In the last 20 years 971 dams have been removed, a part of a massive river restoration effort that continues. More than 730 miles of streams were restored by dam removal in 2014. Pennsylvania topped the list for the 12th year in a row.
“The river restoration movement in our country is stronger than ever," said Bob Irvin, president of American Rivers. "Communities nationwide are removing dams because they recognize that a healthy, free-flowing river is a tremendous asset,”