How many zeroes are in a trillion? Twelve! You don’t see it written out very often, but Central Arizona Project's (CAP) delivery of Colorado River water from 1986 through 2010 has generated in excess of $1 trillion—that’s $1,090,000,000,000—of Arizona's gross state product (GSP). This astounding number was verified by a study recently commissioned by CAP with the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


As temperatures climb toward the triple digits, snow is likely the last thing on many people’s minds – especially those living within the Central Arizona Project service area of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. But even though we’re entering the dog days of summer, snow in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is important to those in central and southern Arizona who rely on CAP for their water supply. And when it comes to snow, the news is not bad as it has been during the past few years.


Today, Central Arizona Project (CAP) is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the first fill of Lake Pleasant following the construction of New Waddell Dam. In addition to being a scenic recreational facility, Lake Pleasant plays a key role in delivering water to more than five million Arizona residents. The lake is actually a 15-square-mile reservoir that holds water from two sources: the Colorado River and the Agua Fria River.


Some 380 bird species will be singing for joy as water returns to the Colorado River delta this week thanks to a pilot “pulse flow” into this area where water has not flowed regularly since completion of Lake Powell in 1964. This Environmental Pulse Flow will release 105,000 acre-feet (approximately 34 billion gallons) of water from Lake Mead and send it to the Colorado River delta in Mexico. This water represents about one-third of the water Mexico has stored in Lake Mead since 2010. 

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