9. Dams and Cranes

Looking down you can see the dam face to the Robert Moses Power Plant. You are about 4 1/2 miles downstream from the Falls. While some power plants burn fossil fuels to generate electricity, the fuel for the Niagara Power project is water from the Great Lakes. Water enters and leaves the facility almost exactly the same in amount and temperature. The different color in the water is a result of winds, raising sediments in the river bottom. The gray and red structures are huge gantry cranes that travel along rails to assist in the repair and maintenance of the power generating equipment. During the fall, this is a prime spot to enjoy fall foliage. Use the touch screen to get an inside look at how we turn water into electricity