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Lake Ontario waters well below 2017 levels, IJC says

Lake Ontario has been rising this spring, as usual, but as of Friday, water levels were 17 inches below those that caused significant flooding and erosion last year.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence Board, which controls lake outflows, has reduced lake outflows four times since April 28 to reduce flooding risks along the St. Lawrence River.

"Flow reductions from Lake Ontario are expected to be temporary, and as the Ottawa River and levels downstream on the St. Lawrence begin to subside, outflows from Lake Ontario can be increased again," International Joint Commission spokesman Frank Bevacqua said Friday.

The board has been far more active in altering flows this year than it was in 2017, when local officials blamed slow response to rising waters for contributing to the floods.

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