Outflows Increased From Lake Ontario

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ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Outflows will increased from Lake Ontario.

Lake Ontario is still high – about 246 feet high. The Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board says they’re working to reduce levels as much as possible by spring.

The Moses Saunders Power Dam in Massena is used to regulate water levels in Lake Ontario. VERONICA VOLK / GREAT LAKES TODAY

Navigation has ended on the St. Lawrence, making it possible to increase outflows from the lake into the river substantially.

And since winter has been generally mild so far, ice formation will not be slowing down outflows in the near future.

Water levels on the Upper Great Lakes are high as well, so experts are predicting high inflows into Lake Ontario, and high levels, through 2020 as well.