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Lake Ontario regulators reduce outflows after 69 days

The international agency controlling outflows from Lake Ontario announced Friday that it has reduced the flow past the dams at Massena, after 69 days at record-high levels.

The flows were cut Wednesday from nearly 2.75 million gallons per second to 2.67 million gallons per second, the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced.

It's still the highest outflow ever for August, and remains above the level regarded as safe for St. Lawrence navigation in Plan 2014, the controversial regulation plan which some local residents and officials, including Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, blame for floods and erosion along the lakeshore this year and in 2017.

"The Board recognizes the need to address persistent elevated levels on Lake Ontario and the Board remains committed to providing the highest achievable relief to Lake Ontario in consideration of the impacts of that relief on the St. Lawrence River interests," the statement said. But it said the result has been increased currents and erosion along the St. Lawrence.

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