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MCSO: 55-year-old man dies during dive trip at Lake Pleasant

ABC15 Arizona

Date: 11/16/2019 9:39:00 PM

LAKE PLEASANT — A 55-year-old man died while diving at Lake Pleasant Saturday night, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Department. MCSO lake patrol deputies responded to a call of a possible

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Lake Pleasant diver dies after being pulled from the water Saturday night


Date: 11/16/2019 9:21:00 PM

PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS5) - A diver at Lake Pleasant died Saturday evening after he began to struggle while swimming in the lake. Maricopa County Sheriff's office spokesman, Sgt. Enriquez, says the

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55-year-old man drowns at Lake Pleasant


Date: 11/16/2019 9:11:00 PM

A 55-year-old man drowned at Lake Pleasant on Saturday. The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said the man was in a group of 10 people diving near Lake Pleasant Harbor when he "began to have

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DOT issues flooding road closure report


Date: 10/31/2019 9:42:00 PM

NY 8 is closed in both directions at Oxbow Rd., Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County due to flooding. Rt 30 is closed in both directions from Northville to Wells, Wells, Hamilton County due to flooding. NY

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Lake Pleasant, NY Weather Conditions

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Date: 10/28/2019 5:00:00 PM

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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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