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CAP Employee Focus: Brian Henning, Water Control Manager
This is the first in a series of profiles regarding the professionals who are responsible for Central Arizona Project’s operations.
In a nutshell, what do you do for CAP?
I oversee CAP aqueduct operations to provide reliable water deliveries to our customers. I manage a team of 21 staff members charged with managing, coordinating and executing the diversion and delivery of CAP's annual allocation of Colorado River water and other water supplies.
How did you get into this line of work?
My background is in civil engineering and I've always had an interest in water engineering and water resource management. Initially, I worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, which included computer modeling and Mississippi River operations. I moved to the Southwest to attend graduate school for water resource engineering at Arizona State University, which eventually led me to a job at CAP as a water systems engineer.
How does the work you do on a daily basis affect our water supply?
My job is to ensure we fully utilize our water supply and meet customer demands in the most reliable, safe and efficient manner. On an annual, monthly and daily basis, we need to ensure we have enough canal capacity, pumping capacity and energy to move water throughout the canal system and Lake Pleasant reservoir. This takes dedicated and experienced teamwork and involves coordination with maintenance, engineering, power programs and numerous other departments.
What are some of the technical advances that allow you to do your job more effectively and efficiently?
Since the inception of customer water deliveries in 1985, we have always had the capability to remotely control and monitor the entire aqueduct system from our control center. This computerized control system has been critical in the safe, effective and efficient operation of the CAP canal system. The technology allows us to provide reliable customer water deliveries with less staff at reduced costs. Some of the recent technical advances in faster and more reliable data communication systems also provide vital information to our maintenance groups to more effectively maintain a reliable canal system.
What's the most gratifying part of your job?
Most people spend an entire lifetime wondering if they have made a difference or have purpose in their jobs. CAP’s mission is to deliver life's most precious resource to millions of people and to store water for future generations. I can't think of many companies with a higher purpose and importance to our quality of life. It's very gratifying to be a part of that.
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The True Value of Water
By David Modeer, General Manager, Central Arizona Project
The growing conversation regarding climate change – or at least the changes in weather patterns around the globe and throughout the U.S. – has led to a changed understanding about the value of water to both individuals and businesses. When you add the drought experienced in the West to the significant floods in other parts of the country, you start to understand why this change is taking place.
CAP Community Investment Program Supports Water and Environmental Education
Kindergarteners will receive books about water conservation, water hydrology students will earn college scholarships, Girl Scouts will attend “water camp” and school children will go on field trips to learn about how water is used in the desert – all thanks to CAP’s Community Investment program. Twice annually, Central Arizona Project awards grants of up to $5,000 to nonprofit organizations in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. This reinforces CAP’s goal of supporting and promoting water and environmental education in its service area.
Kids Experience CAP for the Day
It wasn’t just another day at the office as nearly 110 kids accompanied their parents (or grandparents, aunts/uncles and even family friends) to work at Central Arizona Project on June 12. The day’s festivities went beyond the typical “shadow-your-parent” experience, exposing children to a variety of work situations and activities in a hands-on and interactive environment. The day’s activities included: