50. Ice Boom Site

          The New York Power Authority is the country's largest state public power organization, producing some of the cheapest electricity in North America.  The Niagara Power Project is the biggest electricity producer in New York State, generating 2.4 million kilowatts.  This low-cost electricity saves the state's residents and businesses hundreds of millions of dollars a year.  The project’s Robert Moses power plant uses the power of falling water to spin huge turbines and generate electricity.  The water is diverted from the upper Niagara River.  Each winter, the Power Authority works cooperatively with Ontario Power Generation, a neighboring utility, to prevent ice on the upper Niagara River from impeding power production and causing the flooding of shoreline property.  One of our joint efforts is an 8,800-foot-long ice boom, consisting of steel pontoons linked together and anchored to the river bottom at Lake Erie's outlet to the Niagara River. The boom prevents the buildup of ice, yet allows water to continue flowing downstream.   During the summer, the boom is stored and maintained adjacent to this park which was developed by NYPA to help improve the neighborhood hosting our facility.