Robert Barrett
Phone: 623-869-2135

Central Arizona Project (CAP) is proud to announce the June 2011 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.

The CAP Contributions Committee, which includes representatives from CAP's elected Board of Directors, staff and customers, reviewed sixteen applications. The Committee chose to award grants to seven non-profit organizations:

Arizona Hydrological Society Foundation – $2,200 to continue supporting K-12 science fair water related project awards and college internships for hydrology students.

Desert Willow Environmental Education Center - $2,500 to fund operation and maintenance of the new Desert Willow water station in East Mesa which will educate youth and adults about water conservation, native desert plants and rainwater harvesting.

Flowing Wells Unified School District – $1,560 to fund the transportation of teachers and students to the Sweetwater Wetlands Water Festival which is officially part of the third grade curriculum.

Girl Scouts Sahuaro Council - $2,046 to fund installation of a second rainwater harvesting cistern at the SGSC Environmental Education facility – the Hacienda.

Natural Resource Education Center - $3,500 to provide additional program hours to the interactive water education demonstrations and expand the curriculum for the Water Out West field day. Programs include Ag Ventures (grades 1-3), Veggie Ventures (grades 1-6), Desert Ag Ventures (adult visitors) and Water Out West, which includes a segment devoted to CAP.

Pinal County Cooperative Extension - $5,000 to sustain two Make a Splash with Arizona Project WET Water Festivals during the 2011-2012 school year.

TUSD Science Resource Center - $3,150 to support water education in Tucson Unified School District by providing the transportation of teachers and students to the Sweetwater Wetland Water Festival where students experience a half-day field study where they learn how to the study of science and water issues connect to the real world of water management.

UA Maricopa Agricultural Center - $5,000 to provide engaging water science programs to 5,000 students in public schools in programs depicting a variety of uses and conservation practices of water in Arizona.

CAP supports water leadership, education, research, planning and innovation to preserve and sustain Arizona’s critical water supplies. The Colorado River water provided by CAP is the principal source of renewable water for cities, businesses, agriculture and Native American communities in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties.