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Cuomo: ‘Senseless’ to reduce Lake Ontario outflows

Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized a joint U.S.-Canada board for reducing Lake Ontario outflows as high water levels continue to affect communities along the lake and St. Lawrence River.

The International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board announced Tuesday that outflows will decrease from 367,300 to 349,970 cubic feet per second. The board first mentioned the decrease in an update that was distributed to media outlets Friday.

The decision to reduce outflows comes as lake levels have decreased by a foot from its peak in late May. But Cuomo believes the board is favoring shipping interests over residents who live along the lake and river.

“Water levels remain at historic highs and it is senseless to reduce outflows at this time,” he said. “This decision must be immediately reversed to protect our residents, businesses and communities along the shoreline.”

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