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Tony G

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There is still a lot of ice on Lake Erie causing icy water to flow down the Niagara River. As   soon as the ice is gone warmer water from the Western Basin will arrive and the fishing on the Bar will resume. Warmer water will arrive from the Welland Canal will arrive first.

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The boom starts getting dismantled when the ice on Erie lowers to 250 sq miles.  As of April 1st there was 700 sq miles of ice.  Best guess is they will start late next week.

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4 hours ago, Gill-T said:

The boom starts getting dismantled when the ice on Erie lowers to 650 sq miles.  As of April 1st there was 700 sq miles of ice.  Best guess is they will start late next week.

 

Pretty sure the ice boom on Lake Erie comes out when the ice field is < 250 square miles.

 

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I crossed the Niagara river at Lewiston today and there are lots of big chunks of ice going down stream. They move at a good clip. It is not yet safe out there with those big chunks floating around

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Ice boom removal set to start Monday

By Aaron Besecker|Published April 21, 2019|Updated April 21, 2019

Crews are planning to start removal of the Lake Erie ice boom on Monday, the International Joint Commission said late last week.

Based on the amount of ice remaining on the eastern end of Lake Erie and the weather forecast, the New York Power Authority was preparing for the work, the IJC said in a news release.

The work by the Power Authority to pull out the 8,800-foot ice boom would start if the weather allows for safe working conditions.

The boom gets installed every December between Buffalo Harbor and Fort Erie to minimize ice floes that contribute to shoreline erosion in the Niagara River and may threaten to damage downstream hydropower operations. Removal begins when ice cover is estimated to be below 250 square miles.

Last year, crews started removing the boom April 10, the IJC said. The earliest start date ever for removal was Feb. 28, 2012; the latest was May 3, 1971, according to the commission.

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I heard the boom removal has been delayed due to the amount of ice on the back side of the boom.  Looking at the camera, ice is going through the area that broke this spring in the wind event we had. 

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