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2014 – A Year of Accomplishments in the Face of Many Challenges


Central Arizona Project has produced its 2014: Year in Review, which gives an in-depth look at the organization’s major activities, as well as an overview of the ways CAP has interacted with customers, stakeholders, regulatory agencies and other regional and national audiences.



Highlights include: 

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 – After five long years and much negotiation, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at the Navajo Generating Station near Page, ensuring continuity of CAP’s major power source through 2055

Delivering Water and Economic Value 
– CAP’s delivery of Colorado River water from 1986 through 2010 generated in excess of $1 trillion of Arizona’s gross state product, according to a study commissioned by CAP with the WP Carey School of Business at ASU

Balancing our Water Supply
 – The amount of Colorado River water originally allocated to users in the lower basin states and Mexico was 16.5 million acre feet, which was based on the expectation that the Colorado River’s average flow was at least 16.4 million acre feet per year – drought has continued longer and deeper than expected and demand on the system is more than the amount of water available in the lower basin

Working Together to Save Water
 – After a decade of drought, reservoir levels have become dangerously low on the Colorado River system and water continues to leave the system faster than it comes in – these conditions, referred to as the structural deficit, could have any number of consequences

The report also includes an overview of external and internal accomplishments, partnerships and presentations, media presence, environmental involvement and legislative, municipal, tribal and international outreach. To view the report, visit the CAP website

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CAP Goes High Tech on the Ground, Through the Air and in the Water

By Jerry McElrath, Maintenance Engineering Supervisor

Thanks to some new high-tech tools, CAP is now covered by land, air and water with the purchase of a SeaBotix Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV), quad copter and robotic crawler. Each of the tools will be used to inspect various places along the canal.


Inaugural Water Week Demonstrates How Water Touches Us All

By Pamela Pickard, president, Central Arizona Project board, and Christy Moore, executive director, Valley Leadership


Thomas Fuller, the 17th century English churchman and historian wrote, “We never know the worth of water until the well is dry.” But, if Arizonans’ recent interest in collaborative water management is any indication, the value of maintaining a reliable source of water in the desert amid the worst drought in centuries is crystal clear.


CAP Employee Focus: (Kara Young – Senior Project Manager)

This is the third in a series of profiles regarding the professionals who are responsible for Central Arizona Project’s operations. The 336 mile-long CAP system is one of Arizona’s great engineering marvels and an educational destination site for water professionals worldwide. With 14 pumping plants, eight siphons and a pump generating plant which produces hydroelectricity, CAP employs the best and brightest engineers, including this week’s profiled employee, Kara Young.



In a nutshell, what do you do for CAP?
I manage capital projects through design, construction and closeout. I also provide engineering support on projects as needed by the design engineer.  This means that I may review codes to confirm that our projects meet construction standards. Engineering support may also be a review of codes or regulations to confirm that our project specifications comply. It may also involve researching Livelink to find previous plant testing of systems and what the results were. Engineering support also involves crunching data, exported from our maintenance records or database and providing insight on any trends.


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