NYPA crews pull one of the first pontoon strings out to Lake Erie to begin the installation of the ice boom for the 2018-19 ice season.

Ice Boom Information

Update April 20, 2021

As of April 16, New York Power Authority has placed all components of the ice boom into dry storage ending the 2020-21 ice boom season.


Update March 24, 2021

New York Power Authority has removed all floating spans of the ice boom from Lake Erie and secured them to the Buffalo Harbor Breakwall, as of end of day March 23. Operations on Lake Erie and the Buffalo River are ongoing to place the ice boom components into storage for the off season. 

Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom removal spring 2021.
Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom removal spring 2021 (Photo Credit: Paul Pasquarello - New York Power Authority)

Update March 23, 2021

New York Power Authority began removal of the ice boom on the Canadian side of Lake Erie on March 22. Removal is continuing March 23.

Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom Removal March 23, 2021
Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom Removal March 23, 2021

Update March 16, 2021

With a rapid reduction in ice on Lake Erie in the past few days, preparations are underway to begin the removal of the Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom. Removal of the boom by New York Power Authority is planned to begin as early as March 18.

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Ice Eastern Basin of Lake Erie March 2021
Satellite image of the eastern basin of Lake Erie March 2021

 


Update December 16, 2020

In accordance with the International Joint Commission’s November 27, 2020 Temporary Order of Approval, installation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom’s spans for this year’s ice season commenced on Thursday December 10, 2020 and was completed on Saturday December 12, 2020. For the 2020/21 ice season, in accordance with the conditions of the 2020 Temporary Order of Approval, installation of the ice boom may begin when the Lake Erie water temperature as measured at the Buffalo Water Intake reaches 4ºC (39ºF) or on November 30, whichever occurs first.

New York Power Authority (NYPA) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) requested an early date for the start of installation of the boom. Extra installation time reduces the likelihood of the need for dangerous, late-season installation, while providing time for implementation of any required safe COVID-19 working procedures. For the 2021-22 ice season the conditions of the IJC’s 1999 Supplementary Order of Approval will once again apply, which state the placement of the spans may begin when the Lake Erie water temperature at Buffalo reaches 4ºC (39ºF) or on December 16, whichever comes first.

New York Power Authority Crews Completing Ice Boom Installation 2020
New York Power Authority crews complete installation of the Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom 2020

Update December 8, 2020

Installation of the Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom is about to start for the 2020/21 ice season. Installation of the Ice Boom is scheduled to start as early as Thursday December 10, 2020.

Learn more about 2020 installation of the ice boom


Public Consultation - Early Ice Boom Installation 2020

The public consultation has been completed. The Niagara Board would like to thank all that provided input.

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More Ice Boom Information

Ice Boom Reports can be found here.

The Ice Boom is operated by the New York Power Authority to reduce the potential for ice jams in the Niagara River. For further information, see Frequently Asked Questions on the Ice Boom.

The New York Power Authority Ice Boom camera shows current images of the boom.

This video from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers describes the boom and how it is monitored in cooperation with the International Niagara Board of Control and other agencies.