The American portion of the Niagara falls could temporarily go dry under a new New York State Parks proposal.
State Parks officials said diverting the water from the American falls could be necessary in order to make repair to two crumbling bridges, built upstream from the falls in the early 20th century.
The falls could go dry within two to three years for a period of up to nine months, Parks officials told Daily Mail Online.
The proposal was presented recently and will be discussed at a community meeting Wednesday, but it might be 'years and years' before a plan is actually set in motion, a Parks spokesman said.
'The reason we are proposing this now is we will need federal funding to go ahead, but it might be years until discussions start up,' Parks spokesman Randy Simons told Daily Mail Online.
If the plans are realized, it would not be the first time U.S. officials divert the Niagara falls.
In 1969, engineers from the U.S. Army built a dirt-and-rock cofferdam that diverted the American section of the Niagara river into Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian side, drying up the American falls for the first time since the present river basin was carved out 12,000 years ago.
'The scene was just a desolate landscape of rock, debris, tree limbs and construction equipment,' Robert Borgatti, a Niagara resident who witnessed the 1969 dewatering project, told the Buffalo News.
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