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Pleasant Harbor Dam Cancer! 5K is Oct. 13


Date: 8/17/2018 12:55:00 AM

Pleasant Harbor and Evofit will host the inaugural Pleasant Harbor Dam Cancer! 5K Run/Walk from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 13 at Lake Pleasant. The race will take place on the New Waddell Dam, which is 4,7

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Arizona maintains thousands of water catchments to ensure healthy wildlife populations

Arizona Daily Sun

Date: 8/16/2018 3:30:00 AM

Nitso, a wildlife habitat heavy equipment operator for the Arizona Game & Fish Department, spent about half an hour checking on and refilling the catchment near Lake Pleasant. Some days, he helps repa

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Signs of hope: Blanding’s turtle born from nesting program now nesting herself

The Chronicle Herald

Date: 8/16/2018 1:02:00 AM

With the exception of only a few concentrations there are just four established Blanding’s turtle populations in the southwestern area of the province: Kejimkujik National Park, McGowan Lake, Pleasant

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Boat damage at Lake Pleasant

FOX 10 Phoenix

Date: 8/11/2018 3:10:00 PM

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Docks, boats damaged at Lake Pleasant during strong storms


Date: 8/10/2018 5:34:00 PM

Crews are repairing two docks that were damaged in Thursday night's storm at Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant. According to Pleasant Harbor Marina event manager Tony Ramirez, a weather station

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Length: 114 Miles
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Volume: 688,500 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,459 Square Miles
Lake Pleasant, one of the important artificial reservoirs surrounding the Phoenix metropolitan area. Created by the Waddell (Pleasant) Dam, which was finished in 1927, the lake originally had a surface area of 3,700 acres and served as a private irrigation project. At 76 feet high and 2,160 feet long, the original Waddell Dam was, at its completion, the largest agricultural dam project in the world. The lake was filled by the Agua Fria River, capturing a large watershed throughout Yavapai County.

Construction of the Central Arizona Project Aqueduct, which began in 1973, soon diverted water from the Colorado River to the lake, converting the lake from an agricultural project into a storage reservoir for the project. Completed in 1994, the New Waddell Dam tripled the surface area of the lake, submerging the old dam beneath its waters. Shortly after the completion of the dam, the area experienced a prolonged drought, and while the lake grew considerably it would not reach full capacity until early 2005. Although still fed by the Agua Fria River, the CAP aqueduct is the primary source of water for the reservoir.

Lake Pleasant is used as a major water sports recreation center for the Phoenix metro area, as well as serving as an important storage reservoir for the rapidly growing region. A number of boat docks and beach access make the lake a popular destination for scuba diving, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports.
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