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New York canals reopen for summer season

WATERFORD, N.Y. (AP) - New York's 186-year-old canal system has reopened to boat traffic after an annual winter hiatus.

The 524-mile system includes the Erie Canal, and three less famous waterways.

Workers have spent recent days gradually filling the canals with water. They are drained low during the offseason.

Improvements since last year include a $16 million renovation of a lock in Waterford, and services intended to make the waterways more welcoming to canoes and kayaks.

Canal Society of New York President Thomas Grasso called the system, a "man-made wonder."

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