Central Arizona Project (CAP) is proud to announce the December 2009 Community Investment Grant program recipients. Twice a year (in December and June), CAP recognizes projects that focus on Colorado River water, enhance alternative water usage or promote water conservation. Grants of up to $5,000 go to organizations in its Maricopa, Pima and Pinal County Service Area.

In November, CAP's Contributions Committee, which includes representatives from CAP's elected Board of Directors, staff and customers, reviewed more than a dozen award applications. The Committee chose to award grants to five non-profit organizations:

Maricopa County

AZ Homegrown Solutions - $2,500 to certify ten educators in water harvesting design and implementation, in an effort to start a co-op in Phoenix which can utilize water harvesting

AZ Envirothon - $4,000 to fund an aquatics training station to help students learn about protection and management of Arizona's groundwater supplies. The 2010 Envirothon competition theme is Protection of Groundwater through Urban, Agricultural and Environmental Planning. Funds will also support a Project WET workshop to train teachers about water.

Children's Museum of Phoenix - $5,000 to fund Project WET workshops for teachers, exhibit enhancements to the Desert Den area, guest presentations about water and natural resource publications for the museum's Book Loft.

Pinal County

Maricopa Agricultural Center - $5,000 to support the University of Arizona MAC Farm "Ag-Ventures" programs, including the water education classroom which provides hands on activities related to water conservation on a farm in an arid landscape.

Pima County

UA Water Resources Research Center, Project WET - $4,769 to fund installation of faucet aerators in eight schools as part of the School Water Audit Program which helps students and teachers develop a community culture of water conservation and stewardship.

CAP has encouraged wise water use in our communities through the Community Investment Program since 1998. Since then, CAP has awarded nearly $500,000 to support water and environmental projects.