Ship speeds on Seaway near Massena cut due to high water levels
Monday, April 14, 2014 - 11:23 am

MASSENA -- Ship speeds in the Lake St. Lawrence section of the Seaway have been reduced due to high water levels.

The restrictions are in place to prevent shoreline erosion, according to St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Office of Lock Operations and Marine Services Director Lori Curran.

The high water levels throughout the region due to spring snowmelt and rain have made their way to the St. Lawrence River, and Curran says the Moses-Saunders Power Dam near Massena is holding back some of the flow downstream, resulting in a high level between the locks at Massena and Iroquois Dam across from Lisbon.

Curran said the speed restrictions are not unusual, but that they are being imposed earlier this year than last year, when they went into effect in May.