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IJC to maintain record outflow from Lake Ontario

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Veronica Volk
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WXXI News
Spring flooding on Sodus Bay.

It may not be the news lakeshore property owners want to hear. The organization that regulates water levels on the Great Lakes said it will continue with record outflows from Lake Ontario.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board said the current outflow measures will help provide both immediate and long-term relief to all affected upstream shoreline residents and property owners.

Bryce Carmichael, U.S. secretary for the board, said the board has deliberated several outflow strategies.

“They’ve done their best to consider all the options to provide relief to all shoreline residents upstream and downstream and on Lake Ontario,” he said.

The board said increasing the outflow above the current record high level would require the U.S. and Canadian Seaway Corporations to shut down shipping, and the estimated economic impact of that would be $50 million a day.

Carmichael said over the last week and a half, there has been about a 3" drop in levels on Lake Ontario, but the level is still above the long-term historic average for this time of year.

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