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November 14, 2011 at 10:05 PM
The lack of any water, and the sight of workers removing barnacles, were sure signs that annual maintenance is under way at the Ballard Locks. The large lock will stay closed until next Tuesday. Also, the east gates will be pulled for replacement of the pintle bearings and for inspection, cleaning and repair of the gates for the first time in 20 years. The locks provide a link for boats between the saltwater of Puget Sound and fresh water of the Ship Canal.
Watch video of the cleaning.
November 14, 2011 at 2:03 PM
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Manager Dru Butterfield explains how engineer workers scrape a year’s worth of barnacles from the locks for the safety of salmon that swim through.
For more coverage of the annual Ballard Locks cleaning, check out coverage from our news partner My Ballard.
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