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How firefighters assigned to Lake Pleasant train for rescue calls

ABC15 Arizona

Date: 4/13/2018 3:15:00 PM

PEORIA, AZ - Spread across 23,000 acres, 10,000 of which is water, Lake Pleasant is an oasis of fun in the desert attracting boaters, campers, hikers, and adventure enthusiasts. “More and more people are discovering Lake Pleasant and coming out to enjoy

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PD: 2 arrested in connection with Peoria burglary


Date: 4/13/2018 10:20:00 AM

According to police, the incident stemmed from a burglary that occurred on Feb. 14 near the area of West Beardsley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. [RELATED: Surveillance video: Burglar crawls into Peoria home through doggy door, lets in accomplice] Both

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Over 2,000 lanterns will be released at Pleasant Harbor in Lake Pleasant


Date: 4/10/2018 6:49:00 PM

Thousands of people will gather at Pleasant Harbor in Lake Pleasant to illuminate the evening sky with lanterns. We tested out the lanterns before the event, but before that, the good folks of Lake Pleasant decided to take me on a boat ride around the lake

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MCSO recovers body of missing father at Lake Pleasant


Date: 4/10/2018 3:37:00 PM

PEORIA, AZ - Maricopa County Sheriff's Office divers have recovered the body of a man who went missing Monday afternoon near a cove at Lake Pleasant. Sgt. Bryan Vanegas said crews located the body of 54-year-old Fernando Vargas just after 10 a.m. Tuesday

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Divers recover body of man who drowned at Lake Pleasant

The Arizona Republic

Date: 4/10/2018 2:49:00 PM

Divers recover body of man who drowned at Lake Pleasant The body of Fernando Vargas, 54, was found in 23 feet of water at Lake Pleasant in Peoria. Check out this story on https://azc

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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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