Cuomo Attacks IJC For Reducing Water Flow

Cuomo Attacks IJC For Reducing Water Flow

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo is once again launching criticism against the board that controls the flow of water from the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

In a statement released Tuesday, the governor was critical of the International Joint Commission's decision to reduce outflows from the hydroelectric dams in Massena.

"Once again, the International Joint Commission has demonstrated extreme disregard for New Yorkers by prioritizing shipping interests over the safety and security of people living along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River," the governor's statement said.

Earlier this week, the International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board of Control, which operates under the IJC, reduced outflows by about 500 cubic meters per second to around $9,900 cubic meters per second, which is a record for this time of year.

"Water levels remain at historic highs and it is senseless to reduce outflows at this time," the governor said. "This decision must be immediately reversed to protect our residents, businesses and communities along the shoreline."

The control board says Lake Ontario water levels dropped about a foot since June.

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