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Fish and Wildlife says removal of old dam in Marion will help Southwest Virginia's economy


MARION, Virginia — Removal of an old dam in Marion is expected to give Southwest Virginia's economy a boost.

Media outlets report that crews will begin removing the dam from the Middle fork of the Holston River on Wednesday. The dam had supported an ice plant that was demolished earlier this week.

The dam's removal will open up this section of the river for recreation. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the recreation benefit is expected to add $9 million to the region's economy.

The project also is expected to open up about 15 miles of the river for fish and mussel species.

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