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Surprise readies to rip out Bell Road median grass

Your West Valley

Date: 10/22/2014 9:18:00 PM

The water originates from Lake Pleasant and is piped from the small, man-made Bell Road Lake at 15105 W. Bell Road. Lowe said the pipe is “well beyond its useful life,” unreliable, uses a high energy volume and has mussels in the system. For whatever

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Haunted house comes to Lake Pleasant Friday and Saturday

Peoria Times

Date: 10/22/2014 1:10:00 PM

Pleasant Harbor is hosting a two-day Halloween haunted house 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 24 and 25, with special events for families. The haunted house will open 7 to 10 p.m. Friday night. Pleasant Harbor will host a children’s Halloween party

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100-plus attend vigil in Peoria for crash victims

Your West Valley

Date: 10/21/2014 6:00:00 AM

According to Peoria Public Safety, 21-year-old Raul Contreras and 19-year-old Eric Cuellar Mendoza were killed after a vehicle reportedly sped up to pass another vehicle, slamming into a third car on the Old Carefree Highway near Lake Pleasant Parkway

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20 places for French fries in metro Phoenix

Date: 10/20/2014 11:40:00 PM

Details: 1800 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear. 623-536-9000. Also, 24762 N. Lake Pleasant Parkway, Peoria. 623-566-1515, Gordon Biersch These are not ordinary sweet-potato fries but big and crispy ones served with brown-sugar cream cheese and

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Two killed, 13 hurt in Peoria multi-vehicle crash

Your West Valley

Date: 10/20/2014 6:13:00 PM

PEORIA, AZ - Two people are dead and more than a dozen injured after a serious accident that took place near Lake Pleasant overnight. According to Peoria Public Safety, 21-year-old Raul Contreras and 19-year-old Eric Cuellar Mendoza, both of Phoenix

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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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