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Niagara Falls Could Turn Into Temporary Trickle

Officials in New York might reduce the flow on the American side of the falls in order to replace 115-year-old bridges.

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    Niagara Falls Could Turn Into Temporary Trickle
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    Tourists stand atop an observation tower on the American side, overlooking the Niagara Falls on June 4, 2013 at Niagara Falls, New York. The falls, which have a combined highest flow rate of any waterfalls in the world, straddle the U.S.-Canada border, on the the Niagara River, which drains Lake Erie into Lake Ontario.

    New York officials are considering temporarily turning Niagara Falls into a trickle.

    State officials are holding a public hearing this week to discuss plans for replacing 115-year-old bridges linking the mainland to islands near the brink of Niagara Falls.

    To do so, they might reduce the flow on the American side of the falls by building a temporary structure to redirect Niagara River water to the Canadian side.

    The state parks and transportation departments said in an October report that the two concrete arch bridges need to be replaced. They provide pedestrian access to Goat Island for millions of visitors each year.

    A public hearing is being held Wednesday evening the Niagara Falls Convention Center.