Weekly Regulation Summary

Summary for Week Ending February 28, 2024

 Week Ending: Wed, Feb 28 2024Average this time of the year (c) 
Lake Ontario -  
Actual end of week level:74.70 m  (245.08 ft)74.64 m  (244.88 ft)
Computed Plan 2014 Level (a):74.70 m  (245.08 ft) 
Computed Preproject Level (b):75.28 m  (246.98 ft) 
Weekly Mean Outflow:7730 m³/s  (273000 cfs)6670 m³/s  (235500 cfs)
Weekly Total Supply:7800 m³/s  (275500 cfs)7080 m³/s  (250000 cfs)
Lake St. Lawrence at Long Sault Dam Weekly Mean Level: 73.04 m  (239.63 ft)72.51 m  (237.89 ft)
Lake St. Louis at Pointe-Claire Weekly Mean Level: 21.33 m  (69.98 ft)21.39 m  (70.18 ft)
Montreal Harbour at Jetty #1 Weekly Mean Level: 6.40 m   (21.00 ft)6.97 m  (22.87 ft)
Ottawa River at Carillon Weekly Mean Outflow:2280 m³/s  (80500 cfs)1940 m³/s  (68500 cfs)
Preliminary Lake Ontario Outflow for Week Ending Fri, Mar 08 2024:7720 m³/s  (272600 cfs)6740 m³/s  (238000 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) Historical statistics are based on the available period of record for each dataset: Lake Ontario Water Levels (1918-2022); Lake Ontario Outflows (1900-2022); Net Total Supplies (Inflows) (1900-2022); Lake St. Lawrence Water Levels (1960-2022); Lake St. Louis Water Levels (1960-2022); Montreal Harbour Water Levels (1967-2022); Ottawa River Outflows (1963-2022).

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.