FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

CONTACT:
Robert Barrett
Phone: 623-869-2135
E-mail: rbarrett@cap-az.com

Twice a year, Central Arizona Project provides financial support for non-profit water and environmental educational organizations in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. A review committee, comprised of CAP Board members, stakeholders and CAP management, meets to discuss applications and make funding decisions. CAP’s Community Investment Program is one of many community outreach programs created to provide information, support and education to Arizonans of all ages, from school children to civic leaders, to help ensure the sustainability and economic vitality of our state.

The CAP Contributions Committee, which includes representatives from CAP's elected Board of Directors, staff and customers, reviewed 14 applications and awarded grants to 7 non-profit organizations.

Arizona Hydrological Society Foundation – $2,400 to recognize award winning water-focused entries in Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair in both central and southern areas of the state, college internships for hydrology students in Maricopa, Pinal and Pima counties and scholarships for students to attend the AHS annual symposium, encouraging water education for students of all educational levels.

Future City Competition – $3,000 to support the regional Future City Competition, a national pre-college engineering and technology education program. This year the AZ competition will require students to develop and design new and creative ways to manage water runoff within urban settings.

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council – $3,600 to purchase materials and services required to build a rainwater catchment project and rain gardens which will be used as a sustainable water system and an opportunity for scouts of all ages to learn about water conservation and healthy ecosystems.

Natural Resources Education Center - $5,000 to provide interactive water education demonstrations through classroom visits and field trips to the NREC site at Central Arizona College where approximately 4,000 people from grade school to retirees will learn about food and fiber production, water conservation techniques and an awareness of the region's renewable natural resources.

Tucson Pima Arts Council – $2,000 to expand Tucson's River of Words, an after-school youth water education program that engages young people in science study, exploration of nature and artistic expression of their understandings of watersheds, water resources and the interrelationships between people and the environment.

UA Maricopa Agricultural Center – $4,000 to continue water education program at MAC Farm, an educational research farm that focuses on arid land agriculture. The MAC farm provides hands-on educational experiences for people to learn about Arizona agriculture.

UA Cooperative Extension of Pinal County – $5,000 to sustain two AZ Project WET water festivals and provide support for Water Scene Investigators and the School Water Audit Program. These programs target students, business and the community to achieve long lasting community action and achieve quantifiable water savings.