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Professor Rood Discusses Lake Ontario Flooding in AGU Journal

Posted: August 3, 2017

Professor Rood Discusses Lake Ontario Flooding in AGU Journal
Professor Rood is featured in the latest issue of Eos, journal of the American Geophysical Union, in an article about what's behind the recent flooding along the Lake Ontario coastline. Since April, lake waters have risen about one meter above their normal levels, and researchers looked back at precipitation and lake levels over the past three years for answers. 
 
From the article: 

"Lake Ontario stretches 310 kilometers, spanning the U.S. border with Canada between the state of New York and the province of Ontario. On both sides of the border, residents and politicians have called on managers of the Moses-Saunders Dam, which regulates water levels of Lake Ontario, to increase outflow from the lake into the Saint Lawrence River.

"But it’s not that simple, say representatives of the International Joint Commission (IJC), a U.S.-Canadian organization that regulates bodies of water that cross or span the border.

"Currently, 10,400 cubic meters of water rush out of the Moses-Saunders Dam every second. And that’s the highest rate the IJC will allow. The reason is that residents downstream along the Saint Lawrence River, all the way northeast to Montreal, are also fighting back flood waters. Any more water coming from Lake Ontario could overwhelm them further..."