Central New York, Environment

Newhouse Knows: Dewatering Niagara Falls

Newhouse Knows

By Morgan Gordon and Flourish Chukwurah


Newhouse Knows is a franchise of “explainer” news stories produced by 2016 Broadcast and Digital Journalism graduate students at the Newhouse School. Explainer journalism clarifies the more complex facets of news stories, provides deeper background, or explains in greater detail how something that’s been in the news works or could work.

It’s been almost 50 years since the American side of Niagara Falls was slowed down to just a trickle of water. With talks of slowing down the water supply again, Newhouse Knows’ Morgan Gordon and Flourish Chukwurah explain a cofferdam and how it is used to stop the flow of such a large body of water.