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Agua Fria Closure On Lake Pleasant Lifted


Date: 6/16/2018 9:34:00 AM

PHOENIX —-( has been a successful bald eagle breeding season on Lake Pleasant. Bald eagle nestlings are flying and about ready to head north for the summer and the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department lifted its boating closure

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Chelsee Dennis Died After Phoenix Prosecutors Violated Own Policy by Dropping Charges

Phoenix New Times

Date: 6/11/2018 7:40:00 AM

Taylorlyn Nelson’s dismembered body was found at the bottom of Lake Pleasant after domestic violence charges dropped against her boyfriend. Photo courtesy of Nelson family That memo was written shortly after prosecutors discovered that Parascandola had

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New restaurant concept to open in north Peoria


Date: 6/8/2018 1:54:00 AM

North 40 Grill, a new chef-driven concept restaurant, is planned to open in north Peoria as part of a proposed mixed-use development known as “Sunrise Plaza” along Lake Pleasant Parkway near Happy Valley Road. The restaurant’s menu is planned to

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CCC memories to be shared in Lake Pleasant area

Times Union

Date: 6/6/2018 3:53:00 PM

SPECULATOR — The over 80-year-old entrance to the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camp Sacandaga will greet visitors to the CCC’s 85th anniversary on Saturday, June 23. According to the organizers of the reunion, alumni, family and friends will share

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Lake Pleasant hosts fireworks show July 3


Date: 6/6/2018 3:29:00 PM

Pleasant Harbor Marina at Lake Pleasant will host its annual Salute from the Shores fireworks show July 3. Located on the southeastern shores of Lake Pleasant, Pleasant Harbor Marina hosts the fireworks show, as well as food trucks, free activities for

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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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