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Central Arizona Project (CAP) is proud to announce the winners of the 2013 CAP Award for Water Research. The Award recognizes excellence in graduate or undergraduate student research addressing water issues facing the lower basin states (Arizona, California and Nevada). Award judges include representatives of CAP’s popularly elected Board of Directors, CAP customers and management, and other members of the water community. 

The 2013 CAP Award for Water Research winners are:

The 1st Place Award winner is Thomas Volo, a graduate researcher in Civil Engineering, Hydrology and Hydrosystems at Arizona State University, for his research paper titled "Modeling Soil Moisture, Water Partitioning, and Plant Stress under Irrigated Conditions in Desert Urban Areas." Mr. Volo will receive $1,000 from CAP.

The 2nd Place Award winner is Jacob Prietto, a graduate student in Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona, for his paper "Stakeholder Incentives for Effluent Utilization in the Tucson Metropolitan Region and Recharge in the Santa Cruz River."  Mr. Prietto will receive $500 from CAP.

In addition to the cash awards, CAP sponsors the students to the Arizona Hydrological Society Annual Symposium where award recipients will be recognized during a special luncheon, and will present their research during regular conference sessions.  The winning papers will be published in the conference proceedings and on the CAP web site (

The 2013 Symposium will take place September 18-21, at the Doubletree Hotel Reid Park in Tucson.

CAP’s Award for Water Research 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.