Christa Nolan, Marcy Brett and Connie McCreery, with nine children between them, don't know it yet but their boat ride on the Niagara River is about to go horribly wrong. A nice story with Mother's Day coming up.
The Timesreports Wednesday that a Wallenda will cross the Falls on a tightrope. Canadian authorities were initially opposed because they felt it would "detract from the natural majesty of the waterworks," as reporter Thomas Kaplan puts it. Why then, how about restoring the 50% of the water that's diverted from the Falls for power generation? Imagine twice as much water thundering over the precipice. To make up the deficit, take 100% of the water at night, instead of the 75% that's taken now. Or have special days or weeks where you divert it all, then return to its natural state. The Falls is still a draw without water, as you can see in the film by Harry Gent below.
From a terrific article in the NY Times (see link below). The Falls are so beautiful, but 50% of the water is diverted for power generation. In other words, they've taken away 50% of the water that used to tumble over one the world's greatest natural wonders. Imagine what it must have once been like.