NYPA Press Release

N.Y. Power Authority Urges Boating and Swimming Safety on St. Lawrence Seaway

For Immediate Release: 06/29/17

Contact: Media Inquiries| media.inquiries@nypa.gov | (914) 681-6770

 

MASSENA -- The New York Power Authority continues to release water through the Long Sault Dam spillway on the St. Lawrence River at the direction of the International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB). This can result in rapidly changing water levels near the Long Sault Dam and the South Channel of the river.

Boaters should exercise caution when in these areas as there could be high cross currents. Boaters are advised to:

- Keep back a minimum of 800 ft. from the Long Sault Dam spillway and Robert Moses Power Dam, both on the upstream and downstream side.

- Take extra precaution to be aware of changing river conditions and strong currents.

No swimming is allowed near the dams.

Water flows from Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River are governed by the International Joint Commission (IJC). The International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board of Control oversees the process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the U.S. side and the Environment Canada on the Canadian side monitoring the day to day activity. Information on water levels can be obtained at: http://ijc.org/en_/islrbc.

For more information on marine conditions visit the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System website athttp://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/.

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