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CONTACT: Mitch Basefsky 520-682-9077 or 520-419-8365
Central Arizona Project (CAP), Arizona's single largest resource for renewable water supplies, supports and funds organizations that promote CAP's purpose to ensure an adequate water supply to the residents of Pima, Pinal and Maricopa Counties. Twice a year, CAP awards grants of up to $5,000 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 14 applications and awarded grants to 8 non-profit organizations.
Arizona Envirothon – $2,500 to fund natural resource education in an outdoor setting for high school students. Funding will support educator training and student workshops, water testing supplies and web-based training modules supporting 2012's issue, "Nonpoint Source Pollution/Low Impact Development."
Arizona Science Center – $5,000 to provide 25 Planet Water community outreach programs to schools focusing on water conservation and pollution prevention. Participating students will learn about the quantity and quality of water while discovering the answers to questions such as, "Where does the water at my house come from?" and "How much water is there on the planet?" The program will help educate students about water resources in a manner aligned with Arizona State Science Standards.
Educational Enrichment Foundation – $5,000 to provide resources to enrich and enhance student learning in the Tucson Unified School District on water issues, the effects of water on our environment, water conservation and environmental awareness.
Junior Achievement of Arizona - $2,500 to help provide funding for the "Green Earth" program which helps students make the connection between learning and earning, including utilizing watershed maps where students can locate their homes in conjunction with water supply sources; an interactive hands-on display where students can learn how to divert or store the flow of water; and hands-on simulations of water conservation techniques to promote responsible water use.
Sunnyside Unified School District – $2,700 to support expansion of the 3rd grade Project WET education program to enable school children to attend Tucson's Sweetwater Wetlands project as the culmination of a unit about water resources.
UA Arizona Project WET Educator Workshops – $2,500 to support 5 teacher workshops to offer professional development based on the Arizona Project WET materials and guides, all correlated to state education standards.
UA Arizona Project WET Water Investigations Program – $2,500 to support the Water Investigations Program which helps middle school students understand urban water use and riparian systems, culminating at an event where students share their team research projects.
UA Cooperative Extension of Maricopa County – $2,500 to help support a 10-week Master Watershed Steward program which educates and trains adults to serve as volunteers who protect, restore, monitor and conserve local water and watersheds. Core topics include hydrology, climate, water quality, water management, geology and soils, ecology and streams.
CAP’s community investment programs support 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.