This was what Niagara Falls looked like in 1969 – and now, officials plan to dry out the area again.
The New York State Parks Department will vote today on temporarily rerouting the Americans Falls to the larger falls for six months so it can replace two 115-year-old pedestrian bridges.
“The temporary bridges need to be replaced because they are not consistent with the character of the park, provide an aesthetically unappealing experience for park visitors, restrict views of the rapids, and are narrower than the concrete arch bridges built in 1900 to 1901,” the Parks Department wrote in an assessment.
In 1969, 1889 tonnes of water per second were diverted to the nearby Horseshoe Falls for five months while the US Army Corps of Engineers conducted an erosion study.
The Niagara Falls are made up of three waterfalls that sit on the border between Canada and the US.