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The effects of water levels on Two Lake Ontario Wetlands

May 18, 1990

Lake Ontario's water levels have been regulated since 1959, after the completion of the St. Lawrence River navigation and hydropower development project. The plan used to guide the regulation (1958-D) has been in effect since 1963 (Bryce, 1982). The purpose of the regulation was to prevent extreme high-water levels which increased erosion on the south shore of Lake Ontario, while protecting the interests of commercial navigation and hydropower production in the St. Lawrence River (T. Brown, personal communication, member of the Board of Control). Major user groups have sought further reductions in the range of lake level fluctuations. However, the biological resources, especially the lake influenced wetlands, benefit from the waterlevel fluctuations. Great Lakes wetlands are the most important habitat for wildlife of the region (Tilton and Schwegler, 1978). We provide information here on the responses of wetland plant communities in two wetlands to changes in lake levels over time.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1990
Title The effects of water levels on Two Lake Ontario Wetlands
Authors Wolf-Dieter N. Busch, Ronald G. Osborn, Gregor T. Auble
Publication Type Book
Publication Subtype Conference publication
Series Title
Series Number
Index ID 70124392
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization

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