For the second year in a row, mild weather throughout most of the winter season has resulted in little to no ice cover on Lake Erie.
Preparations are being made to remove the Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom as a result of the lack of ice buildup. The boom's 22 spans will begin opening Monday by personnel from the New York Power Authority. Last year the boom opening began on March 8.
The boom is installed near the outlet of Lake Erie to keep ice from entering the Niagara River. By reducing the amount of ice that enters the river, it also reduces the potential for ice jams, which can damage shoreline property and reduce water flow.