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High Water Updates

Throughout the month of June, updates on water levels are top of mind. As we publish the June issue of TI Life, we received several updates and news stories.  Suffice to say everyone is impacted - swamped docks, erosion, and any flooded homes. The River economy will be heavily influenced by loss of hours for seasonal workers. Tour boats are already slowing down, and speed limits are enforced.

Cornwall Dam to increase water flow

The Joint US and Canadian Board that controls the outflow through the Moses-Saunders Dam at Cornwall, ON announced an increase to begin on June 14 and will last for an estimated 72 hours.

Globe and MailCBC DamCBC Announced late on June 13th and warned of the increased current in the St. Lawrence River saying boaters should be “cautious of the extreme conditions.”

Toronto’s Globe and Mail reported the IJC – International Joint Commission’s Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Board agreed to increase the flow rate over the Moses-Saunders Power Dam in Cornwall, ON from 10,200 cubic meters per second to 10,400.  This outflow is scheduled to last 72 hours and will begin on June 14, 2017.  This will impact the St. Lawrence Seaway and shipping with currents increasing.

When Water Runs High – by Finn Long

Published on Jun 8, 2017

A brief news-documentary style video chronicling the impacts of the record high Great Lakes and St. Lawrence water levels on Gananoque and the Thousand Islands.

Governor Andrew  Cuomo

Cuomo newsThe latest news from the New York Governor Andrew Cuomo criticizes the IJC and the water level management of Lake Ontario and The St. Lawrence. River. This article was the second time Cuomo linked the IJC actions with the crisis. The important news to watch will be the state funding to assist homeowners and business in the region.

Useful websites

Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Government of Canada.  Monthly Water Level Bulletin.  (Scroll down to see chart of the St. Lawrence River.

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System – Water Level chart from Montreal to Lake Ontario, seven-day trends. See Kingston Chart.

Slow Down

Slow down is easy to say… even if you are waving from shore, but there are sill some who are oblivious to the damage a boat wake can cause. Dennis McCarthy captured this speeding boat.  Please take care.

going too fast.

By Susan W. Smith,

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Scott Marshall
Comment by: Scott Marshall
Left at: 3:05 AM Thursday, June 15, 2017
June 15th 6am and my dock on Howe Island is finally above water by an inch. It has been submerged for 6 weeks.
Susie Smith
Comment by: Susie Smith
Left at: 4:17 AM Thursday, June 15, 2017
Thanks, I suspect the decision by the IJC , to let out mor may make a difference!
Todd Jones
Comment by: Todd Jones
Left at: 6:41 PM Thursday, June 15, 2017
Telling photo by Dennis. This boater is long on money, and short on commons sense. Running on plane with a crowd assembled on his bow is as irresponsible and more hazardous than failing to consider the damage that his wake is doing during this period of extremely high water. I wish his registration number was legible. I am sure that the Coast Guard would like to have a chat.
Jack Patterson
Comment by: Jack Patterson
Left at: 8:50 PM Saturday, June 17, 2017
Amen ...