Niagara Falls in Niagara County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Ice Boom
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
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); The Power of the American Rapids (approx. 0.2 miles away); Height, Sight, and Flight / The Niagara River Corridor Important Bird Area (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Protecting Our Shared Waters (approx. 0.2 miles away); The First People to See the Falls (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Niagara Falls.
Also see . . . On Display: The Ice Boom. Old Falls Street USA website. (Submitted on September 22, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 99 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 22, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.