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For more information:
Crystal Thompson
Phone: 602-321-9349
E-mail: 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 the applications and awarded grants to 6 non-profit organizations

Arizona Hydrological Society Foundation - $2,400 – CAP's funds will support three programs benefiting students in central and southern Arizona including awards for water-related science fair winners, college internships for hydrology students and a scholarship program for students to attend the annual Arizona Hydrological Society conference. These programs provide opportunities for students to explore real-life working situations and for water professionals to interact with youth and help influence children to pursue careers in water science.

Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council – $5,000 – Reaching more than 750 Girl Scouts in central Arizona, CAP's funds will support the Wonders of Water (WOW!) Journey at Camp Sombrero in South Phoenix. It also supports related water education program materials including supplies for experiments and instructions for adult volunteers to teach the "journey" of water. This program provides experimental learning opportunities to girls and enables Scouts to contribute meaningfully to water management around their homes and in their respective communities.

Natural Resource Education Center - $5,000 – CAP's grant will benefit more than 6,000 children and adults by providing interactive water education demonstrations through classroom visits and field trips offered through the Natural Resource Education Center. Programs offered include Ag Ventures (grades 1-3), Desert Ag Ventures (adult visitors), Veggie Ventures (grades 1-6), Water Out West from Alfalfa to Ice Cream and the Five C's of Arizona. The Natural Resource Education Center's mission is to nurture an awareness of natural and renewable natural resources by teaching conservation techniques so these resources are available in the future.

Tucson Pima Arts Council - $2,400 – CAP's grant will support Tucson’s River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Program which encourages young people to explore how water moves through the landscape and the connections that plants, animals, and people have to water.  After learning about these topics, more than 200 children each year share their observations and understandings through the poetry and visual art contest.

UA - Maricopa County Cooperative Extension - $5,000 –CAP is funding the Master Watershed Steward program which is designed to enable adults to serve as volunteers who protect, restore, monitor and conserve local water and watersheds. The 10-week program includes discussions about hydrology, climate, water quality, water management, geology and soils, ecology and streams. Graduates must also contribute 40 hours of volunteer time to their community to be stewards.  CAP's grant will result in nearly 1,000 hours of volunteer service to the community.

UA - Pinal County Cooperative Extension - $4,995 – CAP's grant will allow the Pinal County Cooperative Extension to offer three AZ Project WET water festivals in Casa Grande, Florence and Maricopa, reaching approximately 90 percent of the fourth grade students in the region. By engaging businesses, volunteers, parents, students and teachers, the program has proven to be one of the most successful methods for building community enthusiasm around water education in Pinal County.