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$3M to help IJC improve Lake Ontario outflow

Posted at 8:58 PM, Mar 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-03 23:26:04-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — The International Joint Commission is receiving $3 million to investigate how it can improve outflow regulation activities for Lake Ontario.

This 18-to-24-month investigation will help the IJC make critical decisions whe managing extreme conditions. This effort will be managed by the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Adaptive Management Committee.

"The IJC is committed to making this an open and transparent review and is in the process of creating a special advisory group to support the GLAM Committee through this process," according to Jane Corwin, U.S. Co-Chair of the IJC. Pierre Béland, Canadian Co-Chair of the IJC, went on to say, "The advisory group will create an invaluable, direct connection between the review and those impacted by water levels and flows throughout the system."

Wet conditions have led to record-high water levels and river flows in the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River system. Communities along the lake are now preparing for more floods.