Economic Impact of the Ballard Locks
The Ballard Locks are the busiest in the nation!
A century of service, but the future??
The Ballard Locks serve more individual vessels than any other locks in the nation: more than 40,000 transits in 2015, and more commercial vessels than all but 12 of the 200+ other USACE locks. That’s just one of the key findings of the Economic Impacts of the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks analysis. The study was funded by a unique and diverse funding group, the Lake Washington Ship Canal Users Group, including many Seattle Propeller Club members.
Last year marked the 100th anniversary of the Locks’ opening day in 1917. As the Locks reached this important milestone, there is growing concern about making the critical infrastructure upgrades needed for the Locks to continue operating reliably and safely.
Chad See, Freezer Longline Coalition
Heather Haugland, McDowell Group
Chad and Heather will present the findings of the recent study which discusses the benefits of reliable Locks operation, the potential losses in the event of a closure, and describes some of the steps needed to mitigate these risks. They will also provide an update on efforts to secure federal funding for Locks repair and upkeep.
April luncheon is sponsored by