MASSENA -- The New York Power Authority will release water through the Long Sault Dam on the St. Lawrence River. This action is being taken at the direction of the International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board in order to pass through additional water flows through the South Channel.
This outflow will help to alleviate high water levels further upstream and in Lake Ontario.
NYPA will open a gate at the dam. As a result, there could be rapidly changing water levels near the Long Sault Dam and the South Channel of the river. Boaters should exercise caution when in these areas as there could be high cross 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 the Environment Canada on the Canadian side monitoring day-to-day activities. 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/.