FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

For more information:
Crystal Thompson
Phone: 602-321-9349
Email: cthompson@cap-az.com

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 the largest natural resource education competition in an outdoor setting for high school students in the nation. Funding will support training workshops for student participants and their coaches as well as facilitation of the state competition which will be held at Lake Pleasant in April.

Arizona Science Center – $3,000 to provide Science on Wheels 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 the Common Core and Arizona State Science Standards.

Boy Scouts of America - Grand Canyon Council – $3,000 to provide several Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge workshops throughout 2013 in collaboration with Arizona State Parks.

Educational Enrichment Foundation – $2,000 to provide resources for teachers 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.

Desert Willow Environmental Education Center - $2,500 to implement a water education station, which will serve as a focal point in the East Valley to educate students on various aspects of using and conserving water. Lessons will be presented to students attending class field trips to the outdoor education center as well as in classrooms throughout East Maricopa County school districts.

Tucson Unified School District – $3,000 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 – $5,000 to support two, 5-day teacher workshops to offer professional development based on the Arizona Project WET materials and guides, all focused on water resources and correlated to state education standards.

Watershed Management Group – $4,000 to support the Greywater for Landscapes Workshop Series providing residents with knowledge and skills to safely implement a variety of greywater strategies to irrigate their landscapes.