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Plan proposed to demolish Erie County's Pleasant Ridge Manor East

Erie Times-News

Date: 1/17/2019 11:12:00 PM

Gary Lee, director of administration for Dahlkemper, said the estimate to raze the 28,000 square-foot building at 4728 Lake Pleasant Road is $560,000, which includes the removal of asbestos and lead

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Want a boat dock on Lake Lanier? Live at Bay Pointe!

Patsy Mercer

Date: 1/8/2019

Before buying a lot or building a new home on Lake Lanier, first find out if the land comes with a boat dock. Because if it doesn’t, your chances of securing a new dock permit are slim to none. Lake Lanier already is at its maximum number of boat docks at a little over 10,600. Before that limit could be

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Runners and mountain bikers prepare for Prickly Pedal

AZ Big Media

Date: 1/5/2019 9:07:00 PM

Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, the 40-mile bike course showcases the Maricopa Trails diversity and will start in the Town of Cave Creek and finish with a celebration at Lake Pleasant

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Arizona Game and Fish launches live stream of Lake Pleasant bald eagle nest

The Arizona Republic

Date: 1/2/2019 5:34:00 PM

Bird-watchers can now view bald eagles from anywhere, thanks to a live camera stream from the Arizona Game and Fish Department. On Dec. 18, the live camera feed began streaming the bald eagle nest in

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Looking for eagles? Watch the AZGFD cam

Williams News

Date: 1/1/2019 11:10:00 AM

PHOENIX — The camera is set, zoomed in and ready to broadcast the day-to-day life of a pair of bald eagles hoping to raise a family inside their nest at Lake Pleasant Regional Park. On Dec. 18, the Ar

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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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