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Boy Scouts Work to Improve CAP Trail

Following is a guest blog by Boy Scouts Life Scout DJ Kempson, who worked with CAP, his troop and family to improve parts of the CAP Trail. The CAP Trail runs along the CAP canal traversing Maricopa, Pinal Pima counties. The trail is planned for multiple recreational uses (i.e. walking, jogging equestrian use and bicycling). To learn more about the CAP Trail, click here.

By DJ Kempson, Boy Scout – Life Scout


My name is DJ Kempson. I'm a Life Scout, which is the last rank before Eagle, in Salt River District, Troop 17. In May of this year, I was looking for an Eagle project idea. A boy’s Eagle project is supposed to prove they can be a leader and accomplish something for their community. I was on my bike ride with my family along the CAP Trail in North Phoenix and parts of the trail seemed to be confusing or full of brush. After the bike ride, I thought that cleaning up the trail and adding trail markers to help people navigate the paths better would be a great Eagle project because this trail is used by many people in the community.



A couple weeks later, I planned to do a 20-mile hike along the same CAP Trail with my Boy Scout troop. As we hiked, I paid attention to the changes that might need to be made. Then I contacted Tom Fitzgerald at Central Arizona Project to discuss my ideas with him. Together, we found that 18 signposts, 3 step-over gates and the clearing of brush over a 15-mile section would be a great improvement project.

On July 21 and 22, my family, my troop and some CAP employees worked hard (in +100 degree heat!) to make these changes. Now that it's done, I feel like I really helped make this trail more enjoyable for those in the community. Hopefully in the years to come, more Boy Scouts can improve other parts of this trail and one day complete the entire trail for everyone to enjoy.


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CAP President Honored as one of 2014’s Public Policy Leaders of the Year


The Arizona News Service/Arizona Capitol Times has recognized Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board President Pam Pickard as one of its 2014 Leaders of the Year in Public Policy honorees. Pickard was selected in the water and natural resources category. The award will be presented Sept. 16 at the Phoenician in Phoenix.


CAP Receives Two Excellence Awards


During the past few months, Central Arizona Project has received national honors for two of its programs. These awards recognize CAP’s endeavors to be thorough and transparent in its financial and operational communications to customers, stakeholders, the general public and other interested parties.


CAP presents at Business of Water Corporate Leaders Summit


For the first time, more than 100 corporations, water agencies and business associations are sharing information and research related to the effects of drought and climate on the Colorado River Basin. The second annual Business of Water Corporate Leaders Summit on Water and the Economy is meeting in Las Vegas, Aug. 28 and 29, to discuss sustainable water management in an era where drought is a daily topic of conversation.


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