Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Niagara Falls May Go Dry for the First Time in Nearly 50 Years
Written by Ramy Zabarah
The New York side of Niagara Falls may be "dewatered" in the next two to three years in order to replace two bridges that date back 115 years. The last time Niagara Falls went dry was in 1969 in order to study the effects of erosion and rock buildup at the bottom of the American side of the falls.
The two stone arch bridges allow pedestrians and vehicles to get to and from Goat Island, which stands between the Bridal Veil Falls and the Horseshoe Falls in the Niagara River. If the plan goes through, all the water from the American side of the falls will temporarily be diverted to Horseshoe Falls in Canada using a cofferdam.
Former Niagara Falls city historian Michelle Kratts claims that people came from all over the world to see the falls when they were shut off in 1969. "It's the nature of curiosity," she said. "You want to see what's underneath, to see its skeleton."
The plan to shut off the falls will be proposed at a public hearing this Wednesday at the Niagara Falls Conference Center.
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