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The Ice Boom

 
 
The Ice Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 17, 2019
1. The Ice Boom Marker
Inscription.  
On display is a 30-foot long section of the Ice Boom. Each winter, The Ice Boom is installed to minimize ice flow into hydropower intakes in the Niagara River. Thus, it substantially reduces losses in power generation in all but the most severe storms.

The Ice Boom is 1.7 miles long from the Buffalo waterfront all the way to the Canadian shore, located about two miles upstream from the Peace Bridge in downtown Buffalo.

Use of the Ice Boom began in 1964, led by the International Joint Commission made up of the New York Power Authority and Ontario Hydro. From 1964 to 1999, the Ice Boom consisted of 22 sections or spans made of 286 wooden logs. Each log weighed 1.5 tons and was 30 feet long, 16 inches high and 22 inches wide.

Starting in 2000, the logs were replaced by steel cylinders, each 30 feet long, 30 inches in diameter, and capped at each end. There are 10 to 11 cylinders in each of the boom’s 22 spans.

During December and January, the Ice Boom promotes early formation of an ice arch, which in turn promotes the formation of a uniform ice cover west of the boom, thereby reducing the flow of ice into the Niagara
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
 
Location. 43° 5.151′ N, 79° 3.883′ W. Marker is in Niagara Falls, New York, in Niagara County. Marker is at the intersection of Riverway and Old Falls Street, on the right when traveling north on Riverway. Marker is located near the entrance to Niagara Falls State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Niagara Falls NY 14301, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lake Ontario (within shouting distance of this marker); Town of Niagara Civil War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Niagara County Medal of Honor Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); David Hill (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chief Clinton Rickard (about 300 feet away); Sophie Martin (about 300 feet away); Cataract House (about 600 feet away); The Red Coach Inn / Annex Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
 
Also see . . .  All About the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom. International Joint Commission website entry (Submitted on January 4, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
The Ice Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 17, 2019
2. The Ice Boom Marker
The Ice Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 17, 2019
3. The Ice Boom Marker
The Ice Boom Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 17, 2019
4. The Ice Boom Marker
The New York Power Authority and Ontario Power generation install the ice boom in December 2015. image. Click for full size.
via International Joint Commission, 2015
5. The New York Power Authority and Ontario Power generation install the ice boom in December 2015.
Credit: Paul Pasquarello, NYPA
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 5, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 22, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   5. submitted on January 4, 2023, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.

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