Lake Ontario water levels have fallen nearly 12 inches since mid-June

Water levels on Lake Ontario have fallen nearly one foot in the last two months, according to new data released by the International Joint Commission.

The International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board, which regulates the outflows for Lake Ontario according to Plan 2014, released the data Friday. Officials said the lower levels are due to “a combination of continued record-high outflows, declining inflows from Lake Erie and generally drier weather.”

The water level has dropped 11.4 inches since June 13. At that point, the outflows was increased to 367,270 cubic feet per second – an all-time high. That outflow has been maintained for 61 straight days. IJC officials said 55 days was the previous longest stretch of time during which that outflow was sustained from June 14 to August 7, 2017.

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