Lake Ontario

Ontario, which lies on the eastern end of the region, has the smallest surface area of the five Great Lakes. It is 193 miles long and 53 miles wide. Its average depth is 283 feet.  

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Alex Crichton

It's nearly fall, and the rains that triggered flooding along Lake Ontario are long gone. That's allowed water levels in the lake to drop, even though they're still higher than normal.

Now life is finally returning to normal at one waterfront restaurant near Rochester, N.Y.

NASA

In the after-glow of Monday's eclipse, we can start looking forward to an even more exciting event for the Great Lakes region: the 2024 total solar eclipse.

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls 2016 the warmest year on record around the globe.  The surface temperature of the Great Lakes was also above average -- and that's not good news.


This spring's heavy rain in the Lake Ontario region had quite an impact on homeowners, but it also affected the water offshore. The rainfall overwhelmed sewage systems in cities around the lake, and pushed tens of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the water.


Veronica Volk

Lake Ontario has dropped a foot since heavy spring rains swelled it to record levels. But it's still much higher than normal -- and that means the pain continues for homeowners and businesses along the shore.

So does the controversy over regulators who manage lake levels.

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