Chittenden Locks and Fish Ladder

By Natalie Grant, USA, October 2012

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The Ballard Locks (otherwise referred to as the Chittenden Locks) attracts visitors for its unique fish ladder—a special site where wild salmon navigate over 21 rungs; you can watch them fight the current from glass panels in the underwater viewing area. Salmon migrate to sea before returning to rivers in order to spawn.

The Hiram M. Chittenden Locks were opened in 1917 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to prevent Puget Sound waters and fresh waters to mix (too much saltwater would harm the freshwater ecosystems that come from Lake Union and Lake Washington, which can be around 20 feet, or six meters, higher than sea level).

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