Ice boom won’t be removed by April 1

Courtesy of the NASA Earth Observatory. Taken February 19, 2014.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Officials have determined the ice boom will not be removed from Lake Erie-Niagara River by April 1.

On Thursday, the International Joint Commission’s International Niagara Board of Control announced that because the eastern basin of Lake Erie is still 95 percent covered by ice, the boom will remain in place. There is no set date for when the ice boom will be removed.

The commission says satellite imagery and reconnaissance flights will be used to determine when the boom can be removed from the water.

The latest the boom has ever been removed was on May 3, 1971. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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