Jul 23

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When the water rises too high

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The water level on Lake Ontario can be partially controlled by a dam on the Saint Lawrence River. But…

“…only so much water can pass through that at a certain time,” says Lana Pollack, the U.S. Chair of the International Joint Commission.

She says when there’s a lot of rain or snow melt, the lake can fill up faster than water can be released down the Saint Lawrence river. And, if too much water is released too quickly, communities down-stream can flood.

“There’s no place for it to go,” says Pollack.

So despite the marvels of modern engineering, the volume of Lake Ontario is so large that there’s little that can be done when nature decides to fill the lake to the max.

Hear Commissioner Lana Pollack describe the challenges of managing the level of Lake Ontario:

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