Updated: Ballard Locks to remain open for vessels if government shuts down, pedestrian access will close

Updated 7:45 a.m.: A budget agreement has been reached, there will be no government shutdown.

Updated 4:45 p.m.: This just in from the Army Corps of Engineers:

The current Continuing Resolution Authority expires at midnight tonight, should federal funds become unavailable, the following locations and services to the public would be affected until funding became available:

  • Vessel navigation would continue to remain available through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, however staffing limitations may cause longer locking times.
  • The park grounds at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard would be closed, including access through the park.
  • The Corps of Engineers’ Regulatory permitting offices would close.
  • The Corps of Engineers’ aerial maps and engineering records section would be closed.
  • The park at Mud Mountain Dam would be closed, and rangers would not be patrolling trails or other access points.
  • Corps of Engineers-maintained boat ramps at Chief Joseph Dam, Libby Dam and on Lake Pend Orielle would not be patrolled by Corps staff.
  • Visitor Centers, campgrounds and day-use facilities will be closed at all Corps locks and dams.
  • Security personnel will remain on staff at all Corps dams.
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for the closure of all Corps-operated campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning Saturday, April 9, if the potential shutdown of the federal government goes into effect. Affected recreation areas would not reopen until after the shutdown is lifted.

    An update will be provided, if conditions change.

    Updated: We just got this notice from the Army Corps of Engineers:

    If a federal government shutdown is ordered, the Chittenden Locks in Ballard will remain open to vessel traffic, but lockings may be slowed due to staffing limitations. We will notify mariners if the situation changes.

    Patricia Graesser with the Corps tells us that they do not know about foot traffic at this point. In the event that there is no funding, she says that the Corps parks could be closed. Once they have specific information, she will let us know.

    Earlier: In the event of a government shutdown, Kiro7 is reporting that the Ballard Locks could cease operation.

    “The Army Corps of Engineers said it does not know yet for sure, but the possibility exists that no boats would be able to pass through the locks,” according to Kirotv.com. Fisherman Jeff Coyne tells the news station that he knows of three tug boat companies and five salmon processing companies that would be directly affected if the Locks were to close. And of course all the recreational boaters would be affected, as well.

    A representative from the Corps told Kiro7 that they don’t expect to get official word from the government until the possible shutdown goes into effect, which could happen tomorrow. More information and video from Kiro7 can be found here. A good FAQ on the possible government shutdown can be found here.

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    deflater mouse
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    deflater mouse

    Doesnt seem conistent… Arent maintaining navigable waterways an essential public service? And if not, then can we extend rush hour limitations on tge ballard bridge openings?

    Anon
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    Anon

    And all because Republicans have it out for women’s health funding.

    al
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    al

    Any idea if foot passage from one side to the other would be impeded? Would they lock the gates?

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    No, all because the Democrats ignored their constitutional obligation to pass a budget in 2010, for 2011, because they didn’t have the balls to do it before an election. They would have gotten bitch slapped in the election even worse then they did.

    I love it when Rubes self identify.

    Larry
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    Larry

    When the employee who unlocks the gate every morning is furloughed, then yes, the gates will remain locked and foot passage will not be possible.

    Papi
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    Papi

    so do you agree that Planned Parenthood should be defunded as a policy rider? How about the Republican policy rider that says law enforcement won’t be allowed to track people who stockpile weapons, or that the EPA shouldn’t be permitted to enforce the law?

    Blue
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    Blue

    Only certain employees are considered “essential” not entire services. All programs will be affected. There may be an essential employee there to maintain safety, but not operations. It’s going to be a mess. It seems that Congress is unaware of how much money is wasted every year when they fail to pass a budget until the fiscal year is more than half way over. It would be fiscally responsible to cut their losses for 2011 and get to work on 2012. As a gov’t employee I can tell you that 2011 is a complete loss for our program anyway. We’d like to prepare for next year and spend the money we’re allotted responsibly.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Look in the mirror, my friend.

    NorseBud
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    NorseBud

    In the past 16 years — 10 of which were controlled by Republicans, four by Democrats and two with mixed leadership in the chambers — Congress did not meet its statutory deadline for approving the spending bills.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    No, all because the teabaggers ignored all common sense and have an obligation to the other nutcases to obstruct all government services in the name of douchebaggery and insanity.
    BTW, You won’t be able to get gun permits during the shutdown either.

    Eel
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    Eel

    The Dems tried for months last year to set a budget, only to have it filibustered in the Senate over and over, and they were not able to get a 2/3 majority to get it passed. This simple fact doesn’t fit in to the rep talking points, so it isn’t brought up much…

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Once again, a Rube self identifies. BTW – Is this the Hope, or the Change?

    Catherine
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    Catherine

    Just got this in an email:

    If a federal government shutdown is ordered, the Chittenden Locks in Ballard will remain open to vessel traffic, but lockings may be slowed due to staffing limitations. We will notify mariners if the situation changes.

    Additional details about other Seattle District operations will be released later today.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Planned Parenthood makes plenty of money on their own. If they need more you can give, that’s called charity. If you take it from me, and give it away, it’s called theft.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    So you agree that the Democrats shirked their responsibility to pass a budget in 2010 because they lacked the balls to do it before an election? Can you imagine how much worse the drubbing they received in the election would have been had they actually been honest and passed a budget?

    Eel
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    Eel

    Sound like you are more than a bit of a tea bagger, No?

    Guest
    Guest
    Guest

    Better get my yacht out to sea today!

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    So with majorities in the House, Senate, and the President in the White House you’re going to blame the Tea Party for the Democrats not having the balls to pass a budget in 2010? Wow, mental illness is alive and well in Ballard.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Dude, they needed 60 votes in the Senate. There were 60 Democrats in the Senate. This was a Democrat problem, nothing else.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    So the best you can do is name calling? Did you learn that from your third grader? Please grow up and answer the question. Why didn’t the Democrats, who had majorities in both houses, pass a budget for 2011 when required by the constitution? The answer is a lack of balls my friend.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Close the Government. No one that is productive in the private sector will even notice.

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Call it what it is my friend. It’s ABORTION funding. Fund it all you want, it’s legal, just leave me out.

    Betsy
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    Betsy

    I just love how “productive” private sector folks are always the ones posting tons of comments on online message boards like myballard and the SeattleTimes.

    TTTCOTTH – Color me impressed with your work ethic.
    I’m a private sector employee that loves to take the occasional break on the message boards, but I don’t wax rhapsodic about my work ethic. Give me a break.

    terryjpratt
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    terryjpratt

    Whats your point? Try not getting pregnant in the first place.
    There is an idea?

    terryjpratt
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    terryjpratt

    All ready have mine, you?

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