Weekly Regulation Summary

Summary for Week Ending May 25, 2023

  Week Ending: Wed, May 24 2023 Average this time of the year (c) 
Lake Ontario -    
         Actual end of week level: 75.36 m  (247.24 ft) 75.06 m  (246.26 ft)
         Computed Plan 2014 Level (a): 75.36 m  (247.24 ft)  
         Computed Preproject Level (b): 75.75 m  (248.52 ft)  
         Weekly Mean Outflow: 8920 m³/s  (315000 cfs) 7710 m³/s  (272300 cfs)
         Weekly Total Supply: 8260 m³/s  (291700 cfs) 8300 m³/s  (293100 cfs)
Lake St. Lawrence at Long Sault Dam Weekly Mean Level:  73.56 m  (241.34 ft) 73.64 m  (241.60 ft)
Lake St. Louis at Pointe-Claire Weekly Mean Level:  21.91 m  (71.88 ft) 21.59 m  (70.83 ft)
Montreal Harbour at Jetty #1 Weekly Mean Level:  7.29 m  (23.92 ft) 7.12 m  (23.36 ft)
Ottawa River at Carillon Weekly Mean Outflow: 3360 m³/s  (118700 cfs) 2960 m³/s  (104500 cfs)
Preliminary Lake Ontario Outflow for Week Ending Fri, Jun 02 2023: 8880 m³/s  (313600 cfs) 7780 m³/s  (274700 cfs)

Levels are in metres (feet) IGLD 1985.  Supply and flows are in cubic metres (feet) per second.  

(a) Level that would have occurred with strict adherence to Plan 2014.

(b) Level that would have occurred had the hydropower project, associated dredging and subsequent outflow management not been undertaken.     
(c) For comparison purposes, Lake Ontario water level data since 1918 are used to be consistent with those published in the  US and Canadian Great Lakes bulletins (https://www.waterlevels.gc.ca/en/monthly-water-level-bulletin-great-lakes-and-montreal-harbour). Other averages are for the periods as follows: Lake Ontario outflows and levels at Long Sault and Pointe-Claire since 1960; Montreal since 1967; and Ottawa River outflow at Carillon since 1963.

The regulation plan for Lake Ontario specifies a weekly average outflow from Saturday through the following Friday, inclusive.  To provide timely information for the coming week to the hydropower and Seaway operators, and our readers, we complete the regulation plan calculations each Thursday.  Our calculations use the data available at the time, which are from the previous seven days (Thursday through Wednesday). Since the two time periods do not exactly coincide, their data are usually slightly different.

The table shows the actual flow for the week ending Wednesday.  It also gives the preliminary flow for the coming week ending Friday. We emphasize that this is the preliminary flow, since unforeseen flow changes may occur after we have issued our notice. When these flow changes occur, they are reflected in the subsequent week's notice.

Information in this report is compiled from provisional data provided by: Environment & Climate Change Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Hydro Quebec, Ontario Power Generation Inc, the New York Power Authority, and the U.S. National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration.