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250 years after Washington drained it, feds soak a swamp

Chris Lowie
In this Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 photo, burned-out stumps of white cypress trees are reflected in the waters of the Great Dismal Swamp in Corapeake, N.C. The U.S. government is trying to undo the damage from two centuries of logging at the swamp. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Source: The Associated Press

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — This is a story about a future president who tried to drain a swamp, and government workers who are making it wet again.

By returning the habitat to its natural state, they just might keep the Great Dismal Swamp from heating up the planet.

It was a young George Washington, working as a surveyor 254 years ago, who saw profits in the wetlands straddling the Virginia-North Carolina border.

The seemingly impenetrable swamp had been dismissed as a deadly morass where

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