Fish ladder at Ballard Locks will remain closed until April

The work being done to the fish ladder is taking longer than expected, but it should reopen by April.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has been working on upgrading the fish ladder instrumentation and sensors, which help prevent possible disruptions during the salmon migration.

According to the Army Corps, a computerized control system monitors several key parameters, including pool, diffuser well and tide elevations, adjusting valve gates and weirs for optimal conditions. Those systems are critical to keep the fish ladder operating correctly.

“We apologize for the inconvenience but it’s great to get these things done before the salmon are here!” they write on Facebook.

The restroom next to the fish ladder is still closed, bu the ramp and above-ground plaza remain open.

9 thoughts to “Fish ladder at Ballard Locks will remain closed until April”

  1. Rumor has the City Council hasn’t figured out how to get the fish to pay the planned fish ladder toll yet, but they’re working on it diligently as we speak I’m sure.

    1. That would be funny if not for the fact that the Locks are operated and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and not the city of Seattle. I’m surprised you haven’t blamed the homeless.

      1. No it’s pretty funny. The “homeless” here are mostly junkie drifters and your hairsplitting is characteristic of the naive, somewhat autistic bureaucrats who contrived elaborate ways to create even bigger problems with our taxes.

        1. No, what is really funny is how you think you’re clever, intelligent and are “woke”, but are actually just boring, ignorant and a joke.

          1. Hey Surly I would respond but I’m too busy reading up on the daily Ballard burglaries.

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