U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

Lake Ontario is around 2' lower than last year at this time, a relief for those who live on the periphery. With summer nearing an end, the International Joint Commission, which manages lake outflows, will allow Lake St. Lawrence levels to decline to the normal navigation season minimum following the September long weekend. This decision will allow for slightly more water to be released from Lake Ontario during the fall.

WBFO's Mike Desmond spoke with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo District Public Affairs Chief Andrew Kornacki about the plans.


Andy Kornacki / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The Buffalo District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $6.11 million dollar contract to repair more than 1,300' of deteriorating seawall along the northern section of LaSalle Park.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

The start of the shipping season on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River will be delayed by at least 12 days. It’s due to the efforts to try and deal with the possibility of flooding along the lakeshore.

Veronica Volk / WXXI News

The amount of water that officials on the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board are releasing from Lake Ontario into the St. Lawrence River continues to be above the usual outflows for this time of year. That is due to the fact that lake levels are still over the so-called trigger levels in the government's water management, called Plan 2014. When those levels are exceeded, the Board can deviate from the Plan, allowing for more water to be pushed into the river.

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Another small piece of what was once World War II's  Lake Ontario Ordnance Works near Lewiston in Niagara County has been cleaned up and returned to it wetland origin.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News File Photo

More than a century of sitting on the edge of Lake Erie in Buffalo Harbor has worn down the South Breakwater to the point it is getting a year-long $6 million rehab.

Ashley Hassett / WBFO News File Photo

Water levels in two of the Great Lakes are the highest ever recorded. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Tuesday that Lakes Erie and Ontario last month reached their highest points since record-keeping began in 1918.

Mike Desmond / WBFO News

To keep waters navigable, they have to be dredged to allow the removal of vast volumes of wet sludge so ships can get through. Experts from around the Great Lakes are in town to see what this area does with dredged materials.

Governor's Office

Officials who help regulate the level of Lake Ontario are pointing to some hopeful signs in the effort to deal with the ongoing flooding issues along the lake shore.

Eileen Buckley / WBFO News File Photo

Wet spring weather has pushed Lake Erie's water level to its highest point ever recorded.

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Two things emerged from a thinly attended public meeting in Lewiston Tuesday night: Washington will remove the nuclear waste from the Niagara Falls Storage Site in the town, but no one knows when that will be.

Payne Horning / WRVO News

With Lake Ontario's water levels about a foot above average, communities along its shoreline are trying to get help in preventing the flooding that devastated the area in 2017.

Payne Horning / WRVO News File Photo

According to the International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board, Lake Ontario is more than a foot higher than usual for this time of year. However, Keith Koralewski of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says, “Most of the Great Lakes are currently above average.”

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Improvements on the Buffalo waterfront are moving out into open water, to the breakwalls that protect the harbor.

Schumer pushes for upgrade along Route 5

Jul 7, 2017
Chris Caya WBFO News

Design work for rebuilding the seawall along Route 5, in Hamburg, was recently completed. And now U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer is calling on the Army Corps of Engineers to fund the project.


Army Corps project will reshape Unity Island

Jun 30, 2017
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Unity Island in the Niagara River is going to look a little different, as the Army Corps of Engineers does major bottom dredging in the Buffalo River and the city Ship Canal. The plan calls for 200,000 cubic yards of material to be taken out of the waterways.


Ice Boom's removal signals spring's arrival

Mar 7, 2017
NYPA

A sure sign that spring is just around the corner can be seen on the waters off of Buffalo. Crews from the New York Power Authority started the process of removing the nearly 1.66 mile long Lake Erie - Niagara River Ice Boom on Monday.

Avery Schneider / WBFO News

LaSalle Park on Buffalo’s West Side is well-known for potholes and roller-coaster-like drives along the waterfront. With an infusion of $1.4 million from the city, that reputation will soon be no more.

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Work begins today on installing the ice boom. A floating structure is put in place near the outlet of Lake Erie during the colder weather to prevent ice from flowing down the Niagara river and possibly damaging part of the Niagara Power Project.


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Fish in Cattaraugus Creek could be swimming in new waters for the first time in almost a century.

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Squaw Island State Park on Buffalo’s West side could be the site of some natural recycling.

Ashley Hirtzel / WBFO

Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to complete its wetlands review of the former Bethlehem Steel site in Hamburg. The review stands in the way of possibly bringing FedEx to the region.

Officials delay ice boom removal

Mar 28, 2014
WBFO News photo by Eileen Buckley

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Northern Erie County through Saturday morning over concerns of ice jam flooding. On Lake Erie, however, it's another story where there's so much ice cover the removal of the ice boom has been delayed. 

Weary residents want action on West Seneca flooding

Feb 25, 2014
Photo courtesy of EC Executive Mark Poloncarz

The West Seneca Town Board heard Monday night from homeowners who have been inundated with ice-jam flooding this winter. The situation was also brought to Governor Cuomo's attention.