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Connect Puget Sound and Hood Canal?

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Apparently in the 60s they proposed connecting the Puget Sound and hood canal together between Belfair and Allyn. It's only about a 2 mile span and totally feasible.

Would this improve or hurt fishing and shellfishing? Maybe we should resurrect this plan, what do you think?

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I think the main purpose for connecting the 2 water bodies was just for recreational boating. They also wanted to connect then Sound to the Columbia river. Nuts.
And yet early in the history of the U.S., canals played important roles in connecting the country. The Lake Erie canal connected the Great Lakes with the Hudson River, New York city, and the Atlantic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erie_Canal. Over three centuries (especially 18th and 19th), the Brits built an amazing series of canals that connected most of their major rivers and cities (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_British_canal_system).

This allowed goods to be shipped in bulk from one coast to the other. The canals have amazing locks and even aquaducts that carried boats hundreds of feet above valleys. The shift to rail and especially roads killed off their commercial justification, but they have now a new life as recreational arteries.

Imagine if you could take a small recreational boat from southeast Alaska, through the Inland Passage of B.C., through Puget Sound, over the hump to Black Lake, the Black River, Chehalis River, over a hump to the Cowlitz, to the Columbia, and up the Columbia to Idaho and even Montana. Of course, the economic don't pencil out today and the permitting, land acquisition, and environmental issues would be monumental.
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I would think the driving force behind a Hood Canal to South Puget Sound Canal would be for improved water quality. Improved flow through Hood Canal would help with the dissolved oxygen problem and increased flow from the south Sound might help with a dilution solution of water quality issues in South Sound.

The magic bullet of an engineered solution to local environmental problems has always been the preferred solution to society changing its behavior.

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I would think the driving force behind a Hood Canal to South Puget Sound Canal would be for improved water quality. Improved flow through Hood Canal would help with the dissolved oxygen problem and increased flow from the south Sound might help with a dilution solution of water quality issues in South Sound.

The magic bullet of an engineered solution to local environmental problems has always been the preferred solution to society changing its behavior.

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Hi Curt,
Unless you were to dig a canal over 100 feet deep (and a quarter of a mile wide), all you would develop is another underwater sill and there would be no meaningful exchange of water between Hood Canal and south Puget Sound.
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Steve -

Don't disagree; such a project makes little sense. That said as we have seen time and again make work infrastructure projects don't have to make practical sense only "political sense"!

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As I recall from my youth there was also a plan to connect the south sound to Gray's Harbor which give the topography and technology of the day would have been possible. Locks would have been involved but that technology was well established by the late 1800's. It also even made sense given the the size of the ships in the Mosquito Fleet which plied the Sound and Hood Canal into the mid 20th century.
 
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