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Stay Water Safe this Fourth of July



If you’re staying local this Fourth of July, hopefully your plans include some water fun – perhaps at one of our reservoir lakes, Lake Mead or Lake Pleasant. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure you have a safe – and fun – long holiday weekend!



  • Keep afloat – Wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket when boating, near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Water wings, floaties and air-filled toys are not life-saving devices.
  • Make sure your captain is of age – Age restrictions apply for motorboats or other motorized watercraft such as jet skis or wave runners. Operators must be at least 14 years of age and have completed a boating safety course if under 18.
  • Stay awake around the wake – Impacts from wakes can cause a boat passenger to be thrown into the air and to then land forcefully back onto the boat. Should this happen, lie down on your back and keep still until medical attention arrives. Prevent wakes by slowing down when passing boats and by approaching large boat wakes at a 45-degree angle.
  • Maintain a quagga-free boat – Arizona law requires that plugs be removed from boats and "Clean, Drain and Dry" guidelines should be followed when using waters that are infested with quagga mussels. Learn more about quagga and their effect on CAP. 

And of course, stay hydrated and don’t forget the sunscreen! CAP wishes you and your family a fun and safe Independence Day weekend!

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CAP/Udall Scholarship awarded to Native American ASU student



Shaandiin Parrish will be headed back to school this fall with the CAP/Udall Scholarship offsetting her tuition cost. Parrish, a member of the Navajo Nation, studies political science and public policy at Arizona State University. The Udall Foundation and Central Arizona Project co-sponsor this $5,000 scholarship open to Native American college students in the three-county CAP service area.


Quaggas – what are they and why should you care?



Quagga mussels are freshwater mollusks that have invaded North American lakes and streams. The quagga is closely related to the zebra mussel, which has caused havoc in the Great Lakes region. We began finding them in the Southwest in 2007 when they were first discovered in Lake Mead where there were likely introduced as “hitchhikers” on a recreational boat. Since then, they’ve been found throughout the lower Colorado River basin (from Lake Powell to Yuma) and in the CAP canal system, Lake Pleasant and in parts of the SRP canal system.


CAP past presidents commemorate 30th anniversary



Prior to its June 4 meeting the Central Arizona Water Conservation District Board of Directors took time to recognize the 30th anniversary of the first Central Arizona Project water delivery. Six past presidents – Howard Wuertz, Grady Gammage, George Renner (who participated by video message), Bill Perry, Susan Bitter Smith and Pam Pickard – joined current board president Lisa Atkins who set the stage by reminding everyone that CAP would not be where it is today without the fine work completed over the past 30 years.


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