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Lake Ontario continues decline despite reduced outflows

Aug 23, 2019

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Despite reduced outflows, water levels on Lake Ontario continue to decline. 

A report Friday from the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board says Lake Ontario sits at 247.67 feet.  

For context, that’s about a foot lower than this time last month, and nearly a foot and a half lower than its peak this season.

This week, the board decreased the outflows at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam, but a spokesperson says they expect to continue to see the water decrease gradually as we move into the fall.

Despite this trend, experts with the Army Corps of Engineers advise homeowners to be prepared for higher-than-average water levels for the next six months. This could mean more wave action with winter storms.