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The flood-damaged Marcy Dam after Hurricane Irene. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/infinitedecay/7967870870/">infinitedecay</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The flood-damaged Marcy Dam after Hurricane Irene. Photo: infinitedecay, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

DEC to remove damaged Marcy Dam

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) A log dam that was a favorite photo and camping spot for generations of Adirondack hikers is going to be removed after state officials decided it would be too expensive to repair damage from 2011's Tropical Storm Irene.

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Department of Environmental Conservation spokesman Dave Winchell says Tuesday that the agency's decision to remove Marcy Dam was based on ecological as well as financial and safety concerns.

The dam was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps during the Great Depression. The pond behind it, now drained, was a scenic gem reflecting surrounding peaks. Tens of thousands of hikers pass by it annually en route to the state's highest peak, Mount Marcy, and other popular destinations.

Winchell says the dam will be removed in stages over five years, starting in August.

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