The Village of Lewiston Department of Public Works was at the waterfront Wednesday, overseeing installation of ice boom spans.
According to the International Joint Commission, ice booms prevent large blocks of ice from flowing down the Niagara River in the winter. These protective barriers guard property, shoreline and hydroelectric plant operations.
In a prior press release, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers noted ice boom operations began in 1964. Per the IJC’s 1999 Supplementary Order of Approval, placement of ice boom spans may begin when the Lake Erie water temperature in Buffalo reaches 39 degrees Fahrenheit, or on Dec. 16 – whichever comes first.
(Photos courtesy of the DPW)