SEATTLE – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is curtailing some services and closing its campgrounds and day-use parks nationwide beginning today, due to the lack of fiscal 2018 funding legislation. The following Seattle District locations and services to the public will be affected until funding becomes available:
• Vessel navigation will remain available through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard, however staffing limitations may cause longer locking times.
• The park grounds at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Ballard will be closed, starting January 23. As an example, cyclists and walkers won't have access to or through the park beginning tomorrow morning, nor any subsequent days until and unless funding is restored.
• The Corps of Engineers’ regulatory permitting offices will remain open while funding allows, at least through noon January 23, 2018. The District will provide notice if services need to be curtailed due to exhaustion of funds. In case of an emergency, please call 206-764-6915.
• The Corps of Engineers’ aerial maps and engineering records section is closed.
• The park at Mud Mountain Dam will close, and rangers will not be patrolling trails or other access points. Anyone who has an existing picnic shelter reservation will be contacted by the park as they will not be available for use.
• Souse Gulch Boat ramp and Recreation area at Libby Dam and Trestle Creek area on Lake Pend Oreille will be closed. Corps of Engineers-maintained boat ramps at Chief Joseph Dam, Libby Dam and on Lake Pend Oreille will not be patrolled by Corps staff.
Security personnel remain on staff at all Corps dams.
An update will be provided, if conditions change.
Release no. 18-001