New York State Barge Canal
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A system of inland waterways, about 845 km (525 mi) long, traversing New York State and connecting the Great Lakes with the Hudson River and Lake Champlain. Authorized in 1903 as a modification and expansion of the Erie Canal, it was begun in 1905 and completed in 1918.