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Déjà Vu At The Iowa Supreme Court

Iowa Public Radio

Date: 9/7/2016 2:50:00 PM

The Iowa case concerns breath-sobriety testing and drunken boating. In 2013 Dale Pettijohn was charged with operating his pontoon boat on Polk County's Saylorville Lake while intoxicated. Pettijohn contends he was coerced into taking the breath test

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10 hidden treasures in the Des Moines suburbs

Des Moines Register

Date: 9/6/2016 3:03:00 PM

You can camp, hike, boat, swim, picnic or even get married and celebrate there. The 1,675 acres adjacent to Saylorville Lake are a playground for all seasons and most reasons. Gov. Terry Branstad talks with Tom Clegg, a Civil War reenactment participant

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Nitrate loss in Saylorville Lake reservoir in Iowa


Date: 9/6/2016 8:41:54 AM

AA(Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, United States), AB(Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, United States), AC(Iowa Geological Survey, University of Iowa, Iowa

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Iowa DNR monitors for BWI during unofficial final weekend of summer


Date: 9/4/2016 8:22:00 PM

SAYLORVILLE LAKE - Many boaters are still savoring these last days of summer. “Getting out on the boat, meeting our friends,” said Troy Brenning of Ankeny, about his final plans for the season. “You know, once winter gets here, you usually don't see

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DNR conducting boat safety check during Labor Day weekend

ABC Kcrg 9

Date: 9/4/2016 7:59:00 PM

Officers have made at least 40 BWI arrests so far this summer in Iowa. Nearly half of those are at Saylorville Lake near Des Moines. "We're looking for slow responses of the boat handling. Close calls, the speed and distance violations. The no wake

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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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