NYPA warns of changing water levels, ice conditions around Long Sault, Robert Moses dams near Massena
Friday, December 15, 2017 - 5:41 pm

MASSENA -- The New York Power Authority (NYPA) is warning people using the St. Lawrence River to use caution when on the river during the winter months.

The Power Authority may release water through the Long Sault Dam spillway on the St. Lawrence River near Robert Moses State Park throughout the winter.

When the gates of the dam are open, water levels and ice conditions cab change rapisly near the dam and the South Channel of the river all the way to Hawkins Point Visitor Center.

NYPA will use signs and a warning system when water is being released from the dam. The public is advised to stay away from the dam and off the ice in the South Channel during the times water is being released.

NYPA advises keeping back at least 800 feet from the Long Sault Dam spillway and Robert Moses Power Dam, both on the upstream and downstream sides, and be aware of changing river conditions and strong currents.

Water flows from Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River are governed by the International Joint Commission (IJC).The ILOSLRB monitors water levels and oversees water releases with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the U.S. side and Environment Canada on the Canadian side monitoring day-to-day activity. Information on water levels can be obtained at http://ijc.org/en_/islrbc.

For more information on marine conditions visit the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System website at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/.