Lake Ontario still high, but going down fast, IJC says

Lake Ontario still high, but going down fast, IJC says
The International Joint Commission controls the flow of water through dams in Massena. (Source: WWNY)

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - Water levels on Lake Ontario are at record-high levels for this time of year, but they're going down rapidly.

That’s according to officials with the International Joint Commission (IJC), the organization in charge of regulating water levels.

Officials say the quick decline is because of less water flowing in from Lake Erie and the record amounts of water they're letting through dams in Massena.

They say Lake Ontario is nearly a foot lower than it was on June 13, when outflows were first increased to the record-high rate of nearly 370,000 cubic feet per second.

Officials note Lake Erie's levels are also at record levels and water is flowing into Lake Ontario through the Niagara River in record amounts.

They say Lake Ontario has been dropping almost half an inch a day since August 2.

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