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Congresswoman Stefanik joins 71 colleagues to express concern over EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt dismissal of members of the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors.

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The Coast Guard requests homeowners assist by marking barrels they have placed on their docks by painting or marking a large red “X” on the drum so that Coast Guard crews can quickly identify it as a non-hazardous drum, allowing its origin/contents to be resolved without the need of further specialized investigation

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But as the article notes: "Here's the bi-national board's assessment: 'Does this mean we've reached its peak? Likely not, but we appear to be close now. If no significant rainfall is received, it now appears that it may rise perhaps another centimetre or two, but should then start to soon decline slowly.' The board cautioned that lake levels will remain high for weeks: 'It's very important to note that another big rainfall could bring an even higher peak in days or even weeks to come.'"

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We cannot stress it enough, if you are going to go on the water . . .

Use Caution! - it's the hazards at or just below the surface that will get you (not the ones like this that are clearly visible).

Be Respectful! - Boat around others' docks, boathouses, and property like you want them to boat around your's.
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‪Save The River's volunteers are placing shoal markers. Our partner TIA is as well. But floating debris due remains a hazard. Boaters be careful!‬
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Worth a close read.

Commentary by David Andreatta of the Democrat and Chronicle, "Blame God for the Lake Ontario flooding"

from the piece, "Neither Plan 2014 nor the agency that came up with it, the International Joint Commission, controls the weather."

and, "instead of joining the chorus of complaints about a plan devised and revised for years by people devoted to studying water systems, [south shore] officials ought to seize on the frustration to turn the discussion toward making property and infrastructure more resilient to storms."

Amen.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/local/columnists/andreatta/2017/05/09/andreatta-god-flooding/101465518/

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Demand Attention, Courtesy and Knowledge When Boating

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Conditions on the River Demand Attention, Courtesy and Knowledge When Boating

The River is very high right now and may be for the next few weeks.

Many of our neighbors, as well as many of us, have docks, boathouses and shoreline that are under water or threatened by the high water. It is also the case that the high water has brought more debris than usual into the River and many of its tributaries.

If you are on the water:

Pay Attention - there may be more debris than usual, either floating or partially submerged.

Be Courteous - slow down well before you approach a dock and much further from shore than you normally would. Any wake you throw is potentially going to cause damage to someone's property.

Be Knowledgeable - for your safety and that of your passengers and others, know the water where you are boating. Shoals that are normally marked by this time each year, are likely not yet marked due to the difficulties our volunteers are having getting on the water. Also previously visible hazards may now be submerged. If you have any questions - get a chart and use it.
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It is important to note that this "perfect storm" of wet weather is impacting people and property above the Moses-Saunders Dam as well as people below the dam.
As this article, by Carl Meyer, in yesterday's National Observer, "The dam at the heart of Canada's flooding emergency" points out:
"It's just too much water everywhere"
- "Inflows, such as snow melt from the upper reaches of the Ottawa River, continue to mix with a high volume of rainfall, adding to the torrent of water, she [Gail R. Faveri, secretary of The International Lake Ontario—St. Lawrence River Board] said."
​The article highlights the fact that there is flooding and there have already been evacuations on the lower River and along the tributaries that feed it; as far up the Ottawa River as Gatineau, Quebec.
- "Île Mercier, a small island off Montreal, was submerged by floodwaters, while Rigaud, a town in southwestern Quebec at the junction of the Ottawa River and the Rigaud River, declared a state of emergency."

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Please be mindful on or near the Lake and River tonight. Several weather statements have been issued for the area.

https://weather.com/weather/today/l/13624:4:US
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