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Taylor Morrison debuts new homes with grand opening at the Meadows in Peoria


Date: 7/13/2018 12:18:00 AM

The grand opening will take place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 14 on the northeast corner of Deer Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway. Guests will have the opportunity to tour three professionally decorat

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Autopsy: No Sign of Foul Play on Body Found at Lake Pleasant

U.S. News & World Report

Date: 7/11/2018 3:56:00 PM

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say there was no signs of foul play or trauma on the body of a man found at Lake Pleasant near Phoenix and the tentative manner of death is accidental. Maricopa County Sheri

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MCSO calls death of Navy vet who went missing at Lake Pleasant 'accidental'


Date: 7/11/2018 3:25:00 PM

That's what the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office calls the death of a Navy vet who went missing at Lake Pleasant. Joseph Casey, 34, vanished from the north end of Lake Pleasant on June 21. His body wa

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Paul Nigra Center unveils 2018 New York State Summer Art Show

The Recorder

Date: 7/10/2018 7:46:00 PM

25. It features work in a wide variety of media from artists all around New York state, including local cities, Ballston Spa, Cambridge, Castleton, Delanson, Edinburg, Fort Plain, Hadley, Lake Pleasan

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Suspicious death at Lake Pleasant


Date: 7/10/2018 6:57:00 AM

PHOENIX - Authorities have identified the body of a man found at Lake Pleasant in what is being called a suspicious death. Maricopa County Sheriff's officials say 34-year-old Joseph Casey was reported

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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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