The Water Around Niagara Falls Just Turned Black And For The Most Terrible Reason

Niagara Falls is known for its breathtaking beauty and white, billowing spray. However, recent visitors to the famous waterfall had quite a different sight in store for them last Saturday.

Around 4 p.m. on July 30, the waters of Niagara Falls suddenly turned an inky black hue and a foul-smelling odor filled the air. The black ooze rushed out of the Niagara River and spread all the way from the Rainbow Bridge to the Maid of the Mist boat dock.

The large black stain was terrifying to behold, especially as it looked ominously like an oil spill. However, the truth was almost as disgusting.

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The dark waters were caused by discharge from the Niagara Falls Waste Water Treatment Plant. According to the Niagara Falls Water Board, a large amount of sewage was released into the waterfall…on purpose.

Apparently, the waste treatment plant was flushing out one of its five sediment filtration basins in preparation for renovations. They discharged the sewage into the river. Shockingly, this is actually a regular occurrence. The plant releases waste into the water in the spring and fall as part of their maintenance schedule. However, this the first time that it was done during tourist season.

Local businesses and residents are angry that they were not given any notice or told what the growing black blob actually was. The city and water board officials have stated that they will work to ensure better communication in the future.

Take a look at the terrifying event in this video by YouTube channel “Buffalo News Video” below: