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Date: 8/18/2016 10:29:40 AM

Saylorville Lake is a man-made reservoir located on the Des Moines River bordering the town of Polk City, about 11 miles north of Des Moines, Iowa. The reservoir was completed in 1977 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a flood control project for an

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Letter: Prestage wrong for Wright County

Globe Gazette

Date: 8/4/2016 12:24:00 AM

Wright County, Prestage is the wrong deal for you. And you people living downstream from this proposed slaughterhouse, please protect your water quality -- and that includes beautiful Saylorville Lake

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Central Iowa Radon Moves to New Location

Free Press Release Center

Date: 7/27/2016 12:11:00 AM

The new location will now be at 3093 NW Prairie Lane, Des Moines, IA 50313, just south of Saylorville Lake and NE of Johnston, IA. "Business is doing well and we are eager to move to this new location. It provides enough space to fit our needs and provide

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How protected bike lanes improve safety, community

Des Moines Register

Date: 7/22/2016 4:10:00 PM

Northwest Beaver Drive in Johnston, near Saylorville Lake, is a curvy and winding road that serves as a primary commuting route for people. The posted speed limit is 35 mph, but with speeders prevalent and no shoulders, it was a very dangerous road for

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New traffic crackdown planned, here's where it will be

KCCI 8 Des Moines

Date: 7/21/2016 8:35:00 AM

The effort will focus in and around the Saylorville Lake area on Saturday evening. It's part of the ongoing events organized by the Central Iowa Traffic Safety Task Force and the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau. "Removing impaired and dangerous drivers

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• River: Des Moines River
• Surface Area: 5,950 Acres
• Length: 54 Miles
Saylorville Lake is a reservoir on the Des Moines River in Iowa. It is located 11 miles upstream from the city of Des Moines, and 214 miles from the mouth of the Des Moines River at the Mississippi River. It was constructed as part of a flood control system for the Des Moines River as well as to aid in controlling flood crests on the Mississippi, of which the Des Moines is a tributary.

At its normal level of 836 feet above sea level, Saylorville Lake covers an area of 5,950 acres or 9.3 square miles and reaches some 17 miles upstream. At full flood stage the lake can reach 16,700 acres or 26.1 square miles and reach 54 miles long. At this point any further flow into the lake is channelled over an emergency spillway to the west of the main dam structure. The record high stage for the reservoir was 892.03 feet above sea level set on July 11, 1993 during the Great Flood of 1993.

Construction of the Saylorville Dam was authorized by Congress in 1958. Excavation began at the site in July 1965, becoming fully operational in September 1977. The dam itself is 6,750 feet long, 105 feet tall, and 44 feet wide at the top.
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