King County Council recognizes Ballard Locks Centennial

The Metropolitan King County Council celebrated the Ballard Locks’ 100th anniversary this week, issuing a nostalgic statement of recognition (full statement is below). “The Ballard Locks are a local treasure for residents, visitors and school classes,” Councilmember Jeanne Kohl-Welles said in statement. “History and function come together at the Locks to create an experience that can […]

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Ballard Locks centenary celebrations to kick off on President’s Day weekend

Songwriting finalist performances, historical societies and other group displays will kick off the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hiram M. Chittenden Locks Centennial commemoration from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, February 18, through, Monday, February 20. The locks officially opened on July 4, 1917. Rainer Valley and Fremont Historical Societies, History Link and Friends […]

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Army Corps of Engineers rescues white sturgeon at Ballard Locks

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers team rescued a 6-foot white sturgeon during the annual maintenance pump out at the Ballard Locks earlier this month. Each year, Corps natural resource and maintenance staff, fish biologists, scientists and volunteers go on a fish-rescue mission when the locks are drained. Although de-watering is done during low tide, some […]

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Chittenden Locks vessel traffic closed due to small lock electrical issue, large lock maintenance 

Update 1:19 p.m.: According to  Facebook post on the Ballard Locks’ timeline, the maintenance team has resolved the electrical issue and the small lock has reopened. Original Post 12:30 p.m.: The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks are out of service for vessels due to an electrical issue in the small locks. The large locks were closed […]

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