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

The Locks contribute over $1.2 Billion/yr. to the Seattle economy and are the Nation's busiest locks with over 40,000 vessels/yr 'locking through'.  In addition, over 1.5 million visitors/yr come to see and learn about salmon boats and history.

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Federal funding is based on value of commercial ship cargo, which is mimimal.  No fees are charged to boats or visitors, hence the locks are severly underfunded.

 

As a result, visitor facilities and educational exhibits are outdated and often inaccurate & misleading. (see report).

  
Why the Locks Need Your Donations
   
Visitor Facilities upgrades require non-profit support through public donations.
  
   
Fund raising is being done by the Corps Foundation and Discover Your Northwest, non-profits that focus on improving visitor education and experiences at Corps of Engineers sites.