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Work starts on snowmobile trail detours


Date: 11/24/2014 8:22:00 AM

LAKE PLEASANT -- Snowmobilers may want to put their prayers for snow on hold while the Lake Pleasant Highway Department races against the weather. Superintendent of Highways Randy La Varnway and his crew started work today to improve a secondary snowmobile

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Smoke, flames visible for miles as firewood, mulch storage area burns

Your West Valley

Date: 11/22/2014 11:59:00 PM

Christopher Hegstrom in an e-mail. The cause of the blaze was not immediately known, he stated. Smoke could be seen as far away as Lake Pleasant Parkway and Happy Valley Road in Peoria, and was billowing above the scene as late as midnight. It was unclear

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Work to start on expanded Loop 303-Grand Avenue interchange

Your West Valley

Date: 11/19/2014 9:44:00 PM

No fewer than a half dozen new housing developments are going up in northwest Peoria near Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. In addition, the Coldwater Ranch development in unincorporated Maricopa County is adding a second phase. The expanded

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Lake Pleasant / Speculator / Arietta Calendar


Date: 11/18/2014 9:10:00 PM

Wednesday, Nov. 19: 8am, Senior Shopping Bus leaves Senior Center--548-8808; 9:30am, Adk Lakes Quilters meets, Piseco Community Hall--548-6347; 6pm, Covered Dish Supper, PCH; 7pm, Knit Wits, LP Library. Thursday, Nov. 20: 9am, Osteobusters, Grace Methodist

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Peoria 8th graders to visit high schools

Arizona News Zap

Date: 11/18/2014 12:50:00 PM

Murphy, Kachina, Lake Pleasant, Oakwood, Oasis, Parkridge, Paseo Verde, Traditional School, Pioneer, Sundance, Sunset Heights, Vistancia and Zuni Hills. Elementary schools that start at 8 a.m. will release at 11 a.m.; elementary schools that start at 8:40

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• River: Agua Fria River
• Surface Area: 9,222 Acres
• Shoreline: 114 Miles
• 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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