Annual barnacle scraping of the large lock

During the annual pump-out of the large lock at the Ballard Locks, a group of volunteers scrape the barnacles off the passageways to make it easier for salmon smolt to pass through in the spring during their annual migration.

“It is very hard work. It’s cold and wet and smells bad too,”  the video text reads. “The smolt appreciate it. So do the crows.”

It’s thankless work, but apparently, the “volunteers” love it. Check out this video of this week’s barnacle scraping:

There’s still an opportunity to get a special tour while the big lock is emptied — the final behind-the-scenes presentations will be tomorrow (Nov. 16) at 10am and 2pm.

 

 

 


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Crusty Land Barnacles
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Crusty Land Barnacles

Huh.
I guess you have to scrape the bottom feeders off the infrastructure to keep it safe and functional?
I wonder if this applies to everything else…

southeasterner
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southeasterner

Apparently only some smelly destructive things that attract crows are unwelcome in Ballard. Others are accepted with open arms…and wallets.

Andrew Daisuke
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Andrew Daisuke

Someone should scrape the cold smelly barnacles off of this place’s comment section. :)

Crusty Land Barnacles
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Crusty Land Barnacles

Amy Schumer is fat and unfunny.

1243
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1243

The locks opened up its nude buttchecks

Skip
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Skip

When you’re finished, there’s lots of barnacle scraping to be done on 14th Ave, south of Market.

somanyquestions
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somanyquestions

Why is “volunteers” in quotes?

Ballard Locks
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Ballard Locks

They are actually Corps of Engineers employees who volunteered to do this instead of their normal daily job.

Brent A Rule
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Brent A Rule

This cleaner has no system! It should be rhythmiical work, almost like a meditation, and conserving energy along the way. Thankless work, he says? What about his Union, protecting every hour he is laboring. I would actually love this job, and especially knowing that after my day is done I do not have to go to my daily visit to the gym!

James
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James

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