FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

For more information:
Crystal Thompson, CAP, 602-321-9349, 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 nine non-profit organizations.

Arizona Envirothon - $2,537 – To support this natural resource competition for high school students that provides a setting that engages students to learn about current environmental topics. The 2014 topic is Sustainable Local Agriculture/Locally Grown.

Arizona Science Center - $5,000 – To provide 50 Planet Water Science on Wheels outreach programs, which bring the excitement of hands-on science discovery directly to classrooms using demonstrations and workshops.

Audubon Arizona - $2,000 – To support Water's Changing Journey, an education program that aims to inspire students to take action to conserve Arizona's water supply and keep it clean through the Audubon's Rio Salado Center exhibits, naturalist-led guided program and stewardship projects.

Campo Urbano - $2,000 – To support a Water Harvesting Workshop Series to train community members in water harvesting system installation, expand water harvesting systems at Campo Urbano and create water harvesting and water conservation curricula for Campo Urbano programs.

Desert Willow Environmental Education Center - $3,000 – To support a natural resource education project featuring engaging activities which teach the science behind water and how Arizonans manage the supply we have. The program aims to develop a generation of students who understand the importance of water conservation and use in a desert environment.

Educational Enrichment Foundation - $3,500 – To fund classroom grants, scholarships and programs that provide resources for teacher-initiated projects that focus on water issues, the effects of water on our environment, water conservation and environmental awareness.

Great Arizona Puppet Theater - $2,800 – To fund performances in Phoenix schools of Zoner and the Drip, a show designed for early elementary students based on the premise that plants and animals have adapted to live in the desert and people can too by learning how to save water.

Sun N Sand Model Railroad Club - $2,000 – To fund a museum quality depiction of the CAP system as it moves through metropolitan Phoenix in the model train layout of Arizona featuring prominent geographic and economic factors that have driven the state dynamics.

Tucson Unified School District Regional Science Resource Center – $2,100 – As part of a collaborative partnership with Arizona Project WET, Tucson Water and TUSD, CAP enable students to visit Tucson's Sweetwater Wetlands as a component of their 3rd grade water curriculum unit with the goal of deepening student's understanding of local and current water issues and how they can proactively participate in the use of water resources.