Duck Ramp

This ramp was installed at the Capitol Reflecting Pool in Washington, D.C., to allow ducklings, who can't make it across the limestone coping, easier access to and from the water.

Courtesy of Architect of the Capitol

U.S. Rep. Mark Walker, a Greensboro Republican, doesn't duck the issue of government waste.

His first year in office, he introduced a bill (a related Senate bill later became law) that addressed avoiding waste in the Department of Homeland Security headquarters consolidation.

In a tweet Monday, he took on government waste again, this time in the form of duck ramps at the Capitol Reflecting Pool.

The New York Times writes that the two ramps at the reflecting pool are a new feature that arrived Monday. They were installed by the Architect of the Capitol, an office that acts as the steward of the historic buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill.

You see, four families of mallard ducks call the Capitol Reflecting Pool home. The little ones can find it difficult to get in and out of the pool due to the broad, gently sloped limestone coping, Erin Courtney, a spokeswoman for the architect's office, said in a blog post Monday.  

The architect's office worked on the duckling access issue with City Wildlife, a not-for-profit group that rescues and rehabilitates sick, orphaned and injured wild animals in Washington, Courtney wrote.

They came up with a design and M. Lee Dennis, maintenance mechanic supervisor for Capitol Grounds, built two ramps, according to Courtney.

She did not indicate the cost of the ramps and the Times was not able to contact anyone in the architect's office Tuesday afternoon.

The ramps, while not popular with Walker, get the seal of approval from the ducklings based on video posted on Twitter by the Architect of the Capitol:

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Contact Jennifer Fernandez at 336-373-7064. 

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