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Anglers cautioned of high flows in St. Marys Rapids

Thursday, May 01, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff
NEWS RELEASE
 
INTERNATIONAL LAKE SUPERIOR
BOARD OF CONTROL
 
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The International Lake Superior Board of Control, under authority granted to it by the International Joint Commission, expects to increase the Lake Superior outflow for the month of May. 
 
The increased outflow is expected to exceed the capacities of the hydropower plants on the St. Marys River in May, and therefore the excess will be released through the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids. 
 
As a result, beginning on Monday, May 5, it is anticipated that the gate opening in the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will be changed from the present setting equivalent to half gate open to four (4) gates fully open.
 
Anglers need to be cautious of the changing flows and water levels in the rapids on May 5 and the unusually high flows and levels that will be experienced in the rapids during May.
 
These gate movements will primarily affect water conditions in the main rapids, but with four gates fully open in the control structure, water may overtop the Fishery Remedial Dike along the north side of the rapids, and may create a hazard. 
 
There will be no change to the setting of Gate #1 which supplies water to the channel north of the Fishery Remedial Dike. 
 
The Board will reassess conditions on Friday, May 2nd, before setting the final Lake Superior outflow for the month of May and establishing the required gate setting, and this information will be provided at that time.
 
The Board also continues to monitor conditions both on Lake Superior and downstream, and will advise the International Joint Commission accordingly on those conditions. 
 
Mr. Jaymie Gadal is the Board Member for Canada. BG Margaret Burcham is the United States Board Member. 
 
For further information please contact Mr. Jacob Bruxer, Canadian Regulation Representative, International Lake Superior Board of Control, by phone at (613) 938-5862 or by e-mail at Jacob.Bruxer@ec.gc.ca 
 
Additional information can be found at the Board’s homepage
 
Or on Facebook
 
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Alystr 5/1/2014 12:16:17 PM Report

Superior will never replenish itself if you keep draining it into Huron..
Dictionary 5/1/2014 6:02:18 PM Report

two summers in a row of flooding out a world class fishery. dick move!
right wing 5/1/2014 7:09:25 PM Report

Says the two that apparently know nothing about the function that Lake Superior and the outflow plays on the entire great lakes basin....
That fishing is much more important.
*SNP* 5/1/2014 7:24:23 PM Report

Flooding out a world class fishery??? More like protecting it from those goofs that make it the snagging capital of the world. I have never seen such a great fishery endure such abuse with the MNR doing nothing as always because they are a joke. With the snagging, to over-limit catches, to stripping fish for the eggs and leaving the carcass, it's hard to believe year after year it continues to produce. The vast majority of serious anglers would love to see that place designated catch and release.
Cel wood 5/1/2014 7:55:28 PM Report

Yes Superior got a few inches of water due to the rain we got in the fall and the ice and snow we got this past winter so they better hurry up and take it away!!
derek 5/2/2014 3:40:26 PM Report

Apparently they are opening all the gates in order to turn Goulais Bay into a wetland/swamp to help the moose populations.

derek 5/2/2014 3:56:23 PM Report

Just a theory!
derek 5/2/2014 3:58:30 PM Report

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/ This site keeps you to date on daily trends and information on ice cover, water level, etc...for the great lakes
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