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LOWERING THE BOOM

ROBERT E. STODDARD/Buffalo News

State Power Authority crews using tugs and a crane start installing the first of 22 sections of the Niagara River ice boom today. The log and steel cable boom goes into the water at the source of the Niagara River once the temperature hits 39 degrees. The boom is designed to trigger the formation of a stable ice pack and prevent movement of floes down the river. Ice floes are blamed for shoreline damage and disrupting generation of electricity at the Robert Moses and Ontario Hydro generating stations at Niagara Falls.

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