Low water levels in St. Lawrence not touching Cornwall
Although other water bodies in the province are experiencing low water levels, the Cornwall-area is relatively immune. Rob Caldwell is the acting Canadian regulation representative with the International St. Lawrence River Board of Control. He tells TheCornwalldaily.com the Moses-Saunders Power Dam keeps the levels static in the region. (Play Audio) Caldwell says, as of Monday, water levels in Lake St. Lawrence, just west of the dam, were four inches above average and six inches higher than last year. However, the situation is a lot worse near Montreal where boats are finding clearance at a premium. Caldwell indicates they are seeing record low water levels at Montreal Harbour. "They are a full 103 per cent below average," he says. As for Lake Ontario, it's also below average, sitting nine inches below average and 10 inches below last year at 244.52 feet as of September 12th. "The entire region of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River system are experiencing below average water levels, owing to the persistent drought that we've been experiencing since early Spring," adds Caldwell. And with water temperatures above normal this year, Caldwell indicates there will be more evaporation. That means water levels will only continue to fall.