The Locks & Ship Canal were built over 100 years ago as a
Commercial Navigation Route to Develop the City of Seattle.
  
   

The Locks still contribute over $1.2 Billion/yr. to the Seattle economy and are the Nation's busiest.  However, funding comes from the Federal government (not Seattle) and the Federal budget process does not provide enough funding to properly maintain the facility.

  
   

As a result of underfunding (see report), the Aging Locks (see video) are in serious need of operational repairs and upgrades.  Operational funding comes from Congress and this is being addressed. 

  
Why the Locks Need Help