01/25/2016 10:57 EST | Updated 01/25/2016 11:59 EST

Niagara Falls' American Side May See Water Flow Reduced To Trickle

Approximately 567,800 litres of water flows over the American side of the falls per second.

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — New York officials are considering temporarily turning Niagara Falls into a trickle.

State officials are holding a public hearing this week to discuss plans for replacing 115-year-old bridges linking the mainland to islands near the brink of Niagara Falls.

To do so, they might reduce the flow on the American side of the falls by building a temporary structure to redirect Niagara River water to the Canadian side.

The state parks and transportation departments said in an October report that the two concrete arch bridges need to be replaced.

They provide pedestrian access to Goat Island for millions of visitors each year.

A public hearing is being held Wednesday evening the Niagara Falls Convention Center.

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