The International Joint Commission's Niagara Board of Control says the installation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River ice boom for this Winter season could begin as early as next week, weather permitting.

The purpose of the Boom is to reduce the amount of ice entering the Niagara River.

Reduction in ice entering the river reduces the potential for ice jams, which can result in damage to shoreline property and reduce water flow for hydro-electric power production, according to the IJC.

Installation can begin when Lake Erie water temperature in Buffalo reaches 39ºF or on December 16, whichever comes first.

The Ice Boom has been in place each winter since 1964.

(WIVB-TV)