Lake Levels High, But Way Below Last Year, IJC Says

Lake Levels High, But Way Below Last Year, IJC Says

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Water levels on Lake Ontario are higher than average, but nearly two feet below this time last year.

That's according to the International Joint Commission (IJC), which regulates water levels on the lake and St. Lawrence River.

Officials say they're continuing to release water from Massena-area dams at a high rate.

The IJC has drained nearly 50 feet of water from the lake in the past year, which officials say is the second-highest amount since records were kept starting in 1900.

Only 1986-1987 had a slightly higher amount.

The water outflows, officials say, are in response to respond to above-average Lake Ontario levels and inflows from the upper Great Lakes.

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