To the editor,
Save The River has written to International Joint Commission demanding that the Saint Lawrence Seaway go to a schedule of several days open and several days closed so the St. Lawrence River outflow can be increased more than 10 percent to 11,500 m3/s on a periodic basis.
Neither the hydrology of the river or common sense supports this. As the River Board stated just a week ago, “The north channel... [on the lower River], where many homes and roads are located, would flood at such flows.”
It added, “even if more than 10,400 m3/s were released ..., the damage to the shoreline would be the same. The difference in water levels that would result is way too small [only around an inch] to change the amount of damage.”
Shipping absolutely should yield when sustained flooding like we are seeing this year occurs. That is a reasonable “balancing” of its interests with all others. IF the reason — increased flows — will actually make a difference on the Lake and River.
Unfortunately it will not. Better to work with government, businesses, residents & other conservation groups to develop and implement strategies so we can live near, work on and enjoy sustainably than demand an increase in the outflow that will make no difference other than to flood downstream riparians.