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iiwhistlerii

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  1. I just went back and read through to find Gamblers question. Sorry I had missed it before. Why did the ijc reduce flow in august? The answer is pretty obvious. Everyone keeps making the claim that the outflow number is 100% determined by the ijc. You keep leaving out the environmental factors that also calculate into that flow number. The number 1 factor being water level and how much water is actually coming down the river. When the lake was at record levels we had record flow. Just like when erie is at its highest the Niagara flows the hardest. When Ontario is 40 inches higher than normal the st Lawrence obviously flows harder and pushes more water than when its 20 inches over normal. So why did flow decrease? Because water levels decreased. Basically flows dropped from all time record highs to previous record highs. Not much of a reduction really. Now let's look at the actual reduction. We are still today pushing out more water than any other time in history. 2014 calls for flows in the 7000s right now with its peramiters and the previous plan was actually less than that as it reduced winter flow more than 2014 does. October 13th is the only real day flows were something anybody could consider low and my guess is there was heavy ne winds that day that reduced flow of the river. When those winds stopped, the flow increased.
  2. Yea from 6 years ago when you still loved and trusted the IJC.
  3. Let's take a look at this horrible argument... you are complaining flows were not decreased from an extreme sw wind. Why the hell would flows decrease when the river is flowing harder? SW wind pushes more water down the river and naturally increases flow. The ijc doesnt have to do a thing, they dont 100% control the flow level of the river. A stiff sw speeds it up just as a stiff NE slows it down. Let me explain this 1 more time. Big SW wind.... see the image u posted. Stiff winds and storm surge feb 24s. Ok now look inside the area I circled purple and watch what happens... Flow goes up!!! Its magic!!
  4. Also how do u fail to acknowledge 20 year cycles on lake Ontario?? Take a look at ur own graphs! You are blind to what doesnt support your argument. Looking at the chart from 1918-2016 to can clearly see a 20 year cycle. Narrowing it down to just 1958 until present u can still see 5 year high water fluctuations just about every 20 years. Late 50s, mid to late 70s, mid to late 90s and present all share the highest water points on the graphs. The fact that u chose not to see or acknowledge that is just sad. Again I'll keep posting facts and you can respond by twisting data and ignoring things that dont support ur arugment.
  5. Tom the fact that your complaining about the iroquois being closed all summer just solidifies that you have no intention to learn how the system works or why they make the choices they do. We arent following 2014 peramiters and havent yet. If we were flows would be much lower right now. They are higher than they've ever been for this time of year and have been that way for years. It doesnt matter what data or facts are shown. When a mind is made up facts dont matter. There are a series of videos explaining how the system works that can be found online. I'm tired of debunking shotty ideas and opinions with actual facts and being shown graphs that when actually looked at do nothing but support what I've been saying all along. This video will explain how the iroquois helps to control flooding on the st Lawrence. There is another that will explain how it's used for ice. You complain it was closed the whole summer but outflow was at maximum that entire time so what are u actually complaining about.
  6. 2017 and 2019 they were closed the entire summer from april on. No personal watercraft was able to pass through and everyone had to use the locks. I'd assume anytime winds are stiff from the sw theyd close them to prevent a seich effect. Obviously they are there for a reason but I can remember many many times when none were closed in the past. I can remember being there during October many times where none of them were closed. Even when all closed or all open lake st. Lawrence still experiences extreme lows due to the narrowing of the river there and the delayed effect it creates. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  7. Take the time to look at all the graphs you just posted. Almost always flowing under 300,000. We were at almost 370,000 all summer long and even now are above 300,000. The current winter flow reduced output is still higher than the high flows just about every graph shown. Flows are up, not down and have been for 3 years outside of the 2017 and 2019 spring flooding on the Ottawa that couldnt be prevented. Remember increasing flows enough to drop ontario an inch in a week during those events would have raised the water level a foot in Montreal. It was the lesser of 2 evils and undoubtedly cost us this spring but nothing could be done. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  8. That april and may drop was because of the conditions on the Ottawa. As soon as the Ottawa was under control they put the flows back up right along with the receding water and kept it as high as possible. That was an emergency flow reduction and had nothing to do with 2014. Why are we even debating that at this point. As for reducing flows in december? Again we reduced from record flows to still above normal flows. Compare the actual numbers. We are still letting out more water right now than any of those years. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  9. They dont measure flow through the iroquois dam that I know of. They measure water levels on lake st. Lawrence and try to keep them stable. Gates are either open or closed and the water that passes through it is measured by how high Lake st Lawrence gets. For years they pretty much never closed those gates that I know of, in fact the dam itself is considered "closed" because it isn't needed for any sort of constant regulation.. In 2017 they were closed for the entire summer to slow flow because with them open Lake st. Lawrence was raising too high especially around waddington where the river narrows around the island and tends to flood. I know the gates were open in September this year when I was there but my guess is they were closed from april until atleast August with the water levels that we had. With current water levels the gates wouldnt be needed unless they were expecting an ice jam somewhere.
  10. I'm saying it's not the reason the water level drops on lake at. Lawrence and even when every single gate is wide open as they usually are on a typical year it still happens. Even with those flood control gates in the elevated position they can let water out at massena faster than it can make it through the bottleneck. The flood gates were closed at iroquois most of the summer and massena still flowed at 10,400. Gates are open again now and flows are actually lower. Those gates are another tool to prevent flooding but they are not currently what effecting water levels. They are just a damage control in a way, usually you can drive the boat right under the gates the whole season. It's not a big elevation drop dam like the ones in Massena. You can look on youtube and check out how the iroquois flood gates work if you need a better understanding.
  11. The iroquois dam certainly does "control flow". That's what it's there for, but it's the bottleneck effect of the river that causes lake st. Lawrence to drop when it does even while the flood gates at iroquois are wide open. That's why Iroquois was built in the first place was a flood control measure after they excavated that portion of the river to eliminate a major portion of the bottleneck. Lake St. Lawrence drops drastically quite often even with everything above it flowing freely. A simple wind change can slow the river enough to drop Lake. St. Lawrence multiple feet in a day if flows at Massena arent adjusted accordingly. Northeast winds slow the current and push water away from the river, how would you see that as a trigger to increase flow?
  12. It doesnt slow flow, the neck down in the river does in that portion of the river. So the seaway is separated by a series of "lakes". Basically reservoirs created by the dredging and daming of the river. When lake ontario was all the way up this spring and summer we couldnt let the water out fast enough to drop the "reservoir" above the massena dams. Once it started to drop Lake ontario and the river didnt feed the uppermost lake fast enough to maintain 10,400, which was an all time record for a sustained flow. When lake st. Lawrence began to drop faster than it was being fed they reduced natural flow from lake ontario the flows at the massena dams had to be reduced to keep it all in balance. On the same note when lake st. Francis or lake st. Louis begin to rise they back off how much they let through from up above. It's all effected by winds, rain, water level, every environmental factor you can think of. That's why you can watch the flows constantly being adjusted. Just watch what happens after sustained heavy west winds, flows will increase to account for the increased water pushed eastward by the rising waters caused by the siech on lake ontario.
  13. It still has to make it's way down the river. Lake Eries flow into lake Ontario through the Niagara right now is what 7000? We continue to push it out faster than it's coming in, hell faster than it's ever been done in history and it's still not enough to convince you this isnt being done purposefully. Ur right, let's just kick it up to 10, 400 and watch lake st. Lawrence drop 4 feet in a day and then the next day flow will be 5,100. That makes sence. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  14. We as a reference to those living on Lake Ontario. I can see the lake from my mailbox at the end of my driveway. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  15. Because water is no longer high enough to keep up a flow rate of 10,400. As a river drops flow decreases. If they did open up the long saulte and allow water to flow over it like they did this summer when the water was 2 feet higher the water in Lake St. Lawrence would drop drastically because the st Lawrence between lake ontario and ogdensburg isnt providing the same amount of water it was during summer peak levels. Once again that number is calculated based on water passing through the moses sauders dam, water spilling over the long sault spillway, and the massena and Raisin river bypasses. It's a non stop delicate balance with those reservoirs there. Hell an east wind forces them to reduce flows or lake st. Lawrence will drop and lake st. Louis will rise, a west wind had the opposite effect. The goal is to keep the river stable while draining the lake as fast as possible. 10, 400 isnt possible with the current lake level. We dont have enough "pressure" anymore to sustain that flow. It really is flowing out as fast as possible right now and they have no reason to do otherwise. Zero benefit to holding back water right now.
  16. Everybody said the same in 2018. Wet spring never came and we were fine. It all comes down to snow melt and precipitation.
  17. But none of that has to do with 2014. None of this has been altered by 2014s parameters because the water has been too high to allow them to take effect since its come into play. 2014 allows for lower winter water levels on lake Ontario. It actually has parameters that allow us to let more water out than they ever did previously. Currently we are letting out more than any of us have ever seen in the month of December. With all this happening we still are somehow placing blame on 2014. It's just not the case. All i keep reading is "they arent doing all they can do". Please find me a time in history when they have done more, let out more or kept flows high longer. You all act like I have a horse in the race or money to be made from 2014. I could care less in the end but the facts lead to the same conclusion no matter how u look at it. All the great lakes are at record or near record levels, so are we and that's no coincidence caused by a water management plan.
  18. Sorry I misspoke. 10 inches over 2018 december. Correct we are 18 over long term avg. We will be 20 after next month I bet. Point is we went from the same level over avg as erie to 12" lower. We are dropping much faster than Erie currently thanks to increased flows.
  19. Typical december flows would be in the 6000's. Maybe the low 7s. Today we are still flowing at over 8600. Yes we are down from the 10,400 raging flows of summer but 8600 is still incredibly high especially for December. This is the part people are failing to realize or refusing to acknowledge.
  20. As it has been maintained. The lake has dropped incredibly. Erie is still 30 inches over avg and Ontario is only 10 inches higher than normal. Wouldnt that tell you we are more than "maintaining". Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  21. It doesnt work that way. By august 21st the lake was down 2 feet from where it high point. Please find me where this winter draw down that always happens didnt happen in 17, 18 or 19. Please please please use data to find me when they held in more water than any of the prior 10+ years under 2014. Oh yea, u wont, because they let out more, even during winter months. You guys act like it's all a man made act that controls this flow. When the lake is 40 inches high it's easy to reach numbers like 10,400. When it's only 10 inches over avg like it is now you arent going to get those numbers no matter what you do. The water isnt there to flow at that rate. That's why it decreases as summer goes on and into fall. As the lake drops flow drops. Its nature and physics at work. When they do raise flows to an unnatural level lake st. Lawrence drops above the dam because flow isnt fast enough from lake ontario to keep it full. That's why flows are adjusted as they are and even adjusted daily to account for wind, ice, etc. Feel free to look at the data from the last 20 years of outflows and it helps to understand to the hows and whys. It isnt a faucet attached to a dam face holding back lake ontario, it's is a series flood control reservoirs along a dredged river that has constantly fluctuating flow levels.
  22. Did you read the article? I did back in November when it came out. They are complaining about the high flows coming through the lower st. Lawrence and blaming them for having to hold back the Ottawa at the dams as to not wipe out Montreal. So they are complaining about the high flows below the dams while we complain every single time that flow is slowed. When they talk about keeping the st. Lawrence high for shipping they are talking about BELOW THE DAM for port of Montreal. That involves letting out more water. Everyone wants to blame 2014 but one side blames for 1 reason and the other for a different reason and they only thing anyone can agree on is that lake ontario is too damn high and it's all the IJCs fault.
  23. Amazing how fast people forget... It was just a few years ago marinas were so low many docks were unusable. We were all complaining about how they were giving all the water away to the middle east and the lakes were drying up. Boats bottoming out as they entered harbors, constant complaints that everything needed to be re-dredged. Now here we are 8 years later with every great lake as high as we've ever seen. Stop buying into the world is ending scenarios the media is constantly selling. This too shall pass, we will have a few acceptable years with "normal" conditions before the next dry spell where we can all discuss how the lakes are drying up and the ijc let out too much water because plan 2014 allows them to let out more than previous plans and now the permanent boat slip and docks I built with poor designs in 2019 are all useless. Just hope for a dry year.
  24. Theres been a 20 year high and low cycle since they've kept records. No reason to believe that all of a sudden it's going to be high forever now. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
  25. When the lake levels drop in 2 years like they always do and all these homes have brand new Gov subsidized 200k breakwalls I'm sure itll be added to the property value when things are reassessed. Dont think for s minute any local municipality will miss that opportunity. Sent from my SM-G965U using Tapatalk
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