ice boom

International Joint Commission

An annual rite of spring has begun. The International Joint Commission has announced that preparations are underway for the removal of the Lake Erie ice boom.

Paul Pasquarello / New York Power Authority

Preparations are being made for the removal of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom.

NYPA

There's just too much ice out in Lake Erie for the Niagara River ice boom to be removed. The boom is typically removed on April 1 if there is less than 250 square miles of ice on the lake. Last check observed nearly 700 square miles of ice on Lake Erie.


Last phase of the Niagara River ice boom installation starts

Dec 13, 2018
NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY

The New York Power Authority started the final phase of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom installation Thursday.


Paul Pasquarello / New York Power Authority

It's an annual tradition in our region - the installation of the winter ice boom across the Niagara River at Lake Erie - and this year work went quickly.

NEW YORK POWER AUTHORITY PHOTO /Ice boom installation 2015.

The New York Power Authority is looking to use drones instead of helicopters or boats to inspect the ice boom between Lake Erie and the Niagara River.

Ice boom installation completed

Dec 29, 2015
WBFO file photo by Eileen Buckley

Although the region is experiencing a mild winter, the installation of the ice boom was delayed because of weather. High winds and large waves along Lake Erie hampered the annual project.

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Work begins today on installing the ice boom. A floating structure is put in place near the outlet of Lake Erie during the colder weather to prevent ice from flowing down the Niagara river and possibly damaging part of the Niagara Power Project.


A sign of spring: Removing the ice boom

Apr 21, 2015
Courtesy of YouTube/Buffalo Ghost Tour video

The powers that be have decided the time is right for removing the ice boom from Lake Erie, a right of passage into spring and a process that is more involved than many of us may realize. 

Ice boom returns to Lake Erie

Dec 15, 2014
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Crews from the New York State Power Authority and Ontario Power Generation will begin to install the Ice Boom Monday. Buffalo District Chief of Water Management Keith Koralewski says the ice boom has been a standard on Lake Erie over the winter since 1964.

WBFO File Photo

Warmer temperatures have returned, but it appears the ice boom is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Northern Erie County through Saturday morning over concerns of ice jam flooding. On Lake Erie, however, it's another story where there's so much ice cover the removal of the ice boom has been delayed. 

While many are wondering when spring will arrive, there are a few sure signs the change of seasons is underway. Crews started removing the Ice Boom from the mouth of the Niagara River this week and construction has resumed on a new park on Buffalo's waterfront that is on track to open by the end of May.