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    Ice Boom Thwarts Nature and Tourism for the Profit of NYPA

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    From the Niagara Falls Reporter:

    It’s been over ten years now since I addressed New York Power Authority executives at their re-licensing hearing seeking the elimination of the ice boom on Lake Erie – Niagara River. Read More…

    Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom installation planned to begin

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    From Niagara Frontier Publications (from last Friday):

    Placement of the 22 spans of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom is about to start.

    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 hydroelectric power production.

    Under the International Joint Commission’s 1999 Supplementary Order of Approval, placement of the spans may begin when the Lake Erie water temperature at Buffalo reaches 4ºC (39ºF) or on Dec. 16, whichever comes first. Installation of the ice boom is planned to begin today, weather permitting.

    Ice boom removed

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    The removal of the Niagara River Ice Boom is well underway.

    Personnel from the New York Power Authority began opening the boom’s 22 spans on Tuesday.

    As a result of the mild weather conditions this winter season, a significant amount of ice cover on Lake Erie never materialized, making conditions ideal for the ice boom’s removal.

    Last year, the boom opening began on April 20. The latest date for the start of the boom opening was May 3, 1971 and the earliest start date was Feb. 28, 2012.

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