Local NewsPhotography Cleanup time at the Ballard Locks Originally published March 13, 2019 at 6:03 pmUpdated March 13, 2019 at 6:07 pm A “bobcat” truck is lowered into the small locks Wednesday at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks, where it will be used during the yearly maintenance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. All of the water is drained and the locks are totally cleaned once a year. The larger locks are cleaned in November. Cleaning takes two weeks and the small locks will be opened next week. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times) Share story By Ellen Banner More Local News Stories About 2,000 rally at state Capitol in support of gun rights March 23, 2019 Injured Kittitas police officer, released from Seattle hospital, faces long recovery March 23, 2019 Washington state must pay rent on home for sex offender while she seeks release from McNeil Island March 23, 2019 UC Irvine dubs assistant as its own ‘Sister Jean’ in NCAAs March 23, 2019 More Photo Galleries Celebrating beauty and craft as Wagner Education Center opens at The Center for Wooden Boats Remember Amy, the dog-like pig? She’s grown up and retired now. Book bonanza at Friends of Seattle Public Library sale Ellen Banner: email@example.com. View Comments No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ. Powered by Livefyre The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.