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Adapting to the changing Niagara River levels

Credit: WKBW Buffalo
Published on July 26, 2019 - Duration: 02:09s

Adapting to the changing Niagara River levels

The constant change in water levels on the Niagara River is forcing businesses to adapt.

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Adapting to the changing Niagara River levels

THE HEAT WAVES THISSUMMER ARE HAVING ABIG IMPACT ON THENIAGARA RIVER.THE POWER PLANT HASTO KEEP PUMPING MOREWATER AS WESTERNNEW YORK DEMANDSMORE ENERGY.AS 7 EYEWITNESS NEWSREPORTER JEFFSLAWSON TELLS US --THE CONSTANT CHANGEIN WATER LEVELS ISFORCING BUSINESSESTO ADAPT.ITS A BUCKET LISTEXPERIENCE AS WE LIKETO CALL IT.NIAGARA FALLS -- ANATURAL WONDER OFTHE WORLD AND FORMORY DIMARIZIO ANDHORNBLOWER CRUISES-- BIG BUSINESS.WE STARTED OUR FIRSTYEAR CARRYING 1.6MILLION PASSENGERSAND LAST YEAR WEFINISHED AT 2.4 MILLIONPASSENGERS SO ITSREALLY BEEN ANEXCITING TIME.EXCITING -- ESPECIALLYAFTER THEY OPENEDTHEIR BRAND NEWFUNICULAR -- WHICHGIVES YOU THIS VIEWWHILE GETTING DOWNTO THE DOCKS.JUST GIVING THEMANOTHER UNIQUE VIEWTHAT HASNT BEEN IN THEFALLS OR IN THE NIAGARAGORGE FOR THIRTYYEARS.HORNBLOWER GIVES ANUPCLOSE ANDPERSONAL VIEW OFNIAGARA FALLS AND THEHORSESHOE FALLS - BUTIT DOESNT COMEWITHOUT CHALLENGES.ITS BEEN A WONDERFULALIGNMENT OF NEGATIVETHINGS AS FAR AS HOWHIGH THE WATER HASRISEN.THIS IS FROM 2017 --WHERE THE WATERROSE ABOVE THE DOCK-- PARTIALLY AS A RESULTOF THE ENERGYPRODUCED BEHIND THEFALLS.YOU SEE ABOUT A 16FOOT RISE AND FALL OFWATER EACH DAY.ITS SOMETHING THAT ISALSO FELT DOWN RIVERAT THE WHIRLPOOL JETBOAT TOURS BASED OUTOF LEWISTON.ONE OF THE VERY FEWBUSINESSES THAT ISBOTH POSITIVELY ANDNEGATIVELY IMPACTEDNEGATIVE -- BECAUSETHEY HAVE HAD TO PAYOUT THOUSANDSITS PROBABLY COST USABOUT TEN TO 15PERCENT OF OURTOPLINE REVENUEBUT THE POSITIVES --THE FACT THAT THERISING WATER CREATESRAPIDS NOT SEEN FORALMOST 100 YEARS.ABSOLUTELYSPECTACULAR RAPIDSTHAT I THOUGHT I WOULDNEVER GET TO SEE AGAINBUT WE'RE GETTING TOSEE 30 FOOT WAVES.IT HELPS BOLSTERTOURISM ALL OF THERIVER WITH A NEED FORREPAIRS -- REPAIRS THATHORNBLOWER CRUISESWILL BE FINISHING NEXTYEAR SO VISITORS CANWALK ABOUT THE WATERSOAKED AREAS.SO EVEN DURING HIGHWATER EVENTS WE WILLSTILL BE ABLE TOOPERATE.BETWEEN THEIMPROVED DOCKS ANDTHE FUNICULAR -- THERISING WATER ISNT THEONLY THING SEEING ANINCREASE ALONG THERIVER.WERE WELL OVER 26THOUSAND WELL ON OURWAY TO 26 THOUSANDPASSENGERS PER DAY --ITS CLEARLY WORKING.IN NIAGARA FALLS JEFFSLAWSON 7EWN.STILL TO COME ON

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