More than 37,000 Tucson-area school children qualify for assistance under federal poverty guidelines. With parents working one or more jobs to try to make ends meet, parental support for field trips and special materials for enrichment projects is extremely limited. That’s where Central Arizona Project’s support of projects like Tucson’s Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) makes a huge difference, ensuring that Tucson Unified School District students, regardless of their economic status, have opportunities for memorable and authentic high quality learning.


A Yuma Mesa Irrigation and Drainage District (YMIDD) commitment to cease irrigating a specified amount of “qualified land” each year will help keep more Colorado River water within the system. This is an important step—especially as the probability of a Colorado River shortage continues to escalate.


Hundreds of species of birds—willow flycatchers, yellow-billed cuckoos and yellow warblers—have a new riparian habitat. And, in the process, the west has maintained the flow of the Colorado River.

The 350-acre Yuma East Wetlands project opened this summer, celebrating a milestone in the Lower Colorado River Multi-Species Conservation Program (MSCP). The MSCP is a critically important program for the Colorado River, which provides more than 1.5 million acre-feet of water to the Central Arizona Project (CAP) each year.

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