Senator Charles Schumer is continuing his efforts to prevent future catastrophic flooding along Lake Ontario.
That's why he's urging the International Joint Commission to support increased outflows, specifically in the Moses-Saunders Dam. Schumer says it's an example of how working together with Canada helps both sides of the lake.
Last month, the senator sent a letter to the St. Lawrence Seaway, asking managers to increase water outflows. Schumer said if they can control the water speed and take the necessary precautions, they should be able to drop the lake level.
Right now, the water level is about 19 inches higher than the seasonal average.
The New York Department of Environmental Conservation has filed a lawsuit against the IJC over repeated flooding along the southern Lake Ontario shoreline.