Lake Ontario Drops 12 Inches Since Late MayPosted: Updated:
The water level on Lake Ontario has dropped a foot since late May.
That's according to the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board, the group responsible for regulating water levels on the lake and river.
The board said Lake Ontario levels have been dropping rapidly compared to average rates through the months of June and July.
The board said has been releasing "unprecedented outflow" since 14 June and Lake Ontario levels have fallen 12 inches since peaking in late May.
The high outflows will continue, the board said, until August 8, providing conditions remain safe.
The outflow is expected to be reduced on or before August 8. This new outflow will be a record high for that time of year to provide all possible relief from high water levels in Lake Ontario while balancing the impacts downstream.
Water levels are expected to continue to decline rapidly into the fall throughout the system, and outflows from Lake Ontario will remain high.