Arcadia Lake, Oklahoma

Arcadia Lake is a reservoir located just east of the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond, Oklahoma. 

The lake was constructed in the 1980s as part of the National Flood Control Act of 1970 and as a cooperative effort between the city of Edmond and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Arcadia Lake was created to control floods in the Deep Fork River Basin, supply water to the city of Edmond, and provide recreational resources to the surrounding communities. 

The lake continues to be a major recreation site for the Oklahoma City region and is a major water source for Edmond and for other Oklahoma City suburbs. There is a current lawsuit between Edmond and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers over water allocation and costs for maintaining the reservoir. 

Landsat images show the area in 1986, before the earthen dam blocked the Deep Fork River, and in 2011, with the reservoir near capacity. 

Landsat imagery are useful for determining how changes to the river basin affect land use in the region and are used to monitor the general water levels in the reservoir.

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Thursday, December 29, 2011