NYPA Press Release

NYPA Opens Gates at Long Sault Dam on the St. Lawrence River Beginning Today

For Immediate Release: 05/17/17

Contact: Karen White | karen.white@nypa.gov | 315-764-6863

MASSENA – Beginning at 3 p.m. today, the New York Power Authority will release water through the Long Sault Dam on the St. Lawrence River. This action is being taken at the direction of the International Lake Ontario St. Lawrence River Board (ILOSLRB) in order to pass through additional water flows through the South Channel. This outflow will help to alleviate high water levels further upstream and in Lake Ontario.

NYPA will open a gate at the dam. As a result, there could be 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.

Water flows from Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River are governed by the International Joint Commission (IJC).The ILOSLRB monitors water levels and oversees water releases with the US Army Corps of Engineers on the U.S. side and the Environment Canada on the Canadian side monitoring day-to-day activities. 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 at http://www.greatlakes-seaway.com/en/

NYPA, the largest state public power organization in the nation, operates 16 electricity generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA is a major power supplier for New York State. More than 70 percent of the electricity NYPA produces is clean, renewable hydropower. NYPA uses no tax money or state credit; operations are financed through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. For more information about the Power Authority visit nypa.gov. Follow NYPA on Twitter @NYPAenergy, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr and LinkedIn.