Ice Boom to be Removed - Spring 2018
BUFFALO, NEW YORK; BURLINGTON, ONTARIO – Preparations are underway for the removal of the Lake Erie – Niagara River Ice Boom.
Considering the lack of ice cover on the lake and the absence of an ice buildup in the Maid-of-the-Mist Pool below Niagara Falls, preparations are underway for the removal of the Lake Erie – Niagara River Ice Boom.
If weather conditions are favourable, personnel from the New York Power Authority will begin opening the boom’s 22 spans on Tuesday April 10, 2018. Last year, due to warm conditions and the lack of ice, the boom opening began on March 6. The latest date for the start of the boom opening was May 3, 1971, while the earliest start date was February 28, 2012.
The ice boom is owned and operated by the New York Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation. The use of the boom is authorized by the International Joint Commission with its International Niagara Board of Control overseeing the installation, operation and removal.
Each winter since 1964, the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom has been installed near the outlet of Lake Erie to reduce the amount of ice entering the Niagara River. Reduction in ice entering the river reduces the potential for ice jams, which can result in damage to shoreline property and significantly reduce water flow for hydro-electric power production.
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For more information on Ice Boom installation, operation and removal
contact Louis Paonessa, NYPA at (716) 548-2141
For more information regarding the IJC approval
See the Board’s Ice Boom Information website at ijc.org/en/nbc/watershed/ice-boom
In Canada contact Derrick Beach, Canadian Secretary, International Niagara Board of Control at (289) 983-0392 or Derrick.Beach@canada.ca
In USA contact Keith R. Koralewski, Alternate Chair to the International Niagara Working Committee at (716) 879-4358 or Keith.R.Koralewski@usace.army.mil