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Lake St. Lawrence water levels reach generational lows
As the 2019 St. Lawrence-Seaway shipping season closed, officials with the International Joint Commission began a plan to further deviate from its 2014 control plan. Outflows through the Moses-Saunders and Long Sault control dam increased by over 12 per cent, reaching 10,700 cubic metres per second, lowering the lake by several feet. This is to help drain down Lake Ontario, which is already at record levels. With a wet winter and spring season forecast for 2020, officials plan to release as much water as possible through the dams to mitigate flooding along the Lake Ontario shoreline in the spring. Pictured above, looking east towards Morrisburg from the river bed at Loyalist Park on Lakeshore Drive. (The Leader/Blancher photo)