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Central Arizona Project (CAP), Arizona's single largest resource for renewable water supplies, supports and funds non-profit organizations that promote water and environmental education 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 five non-profit organizations.
Arizona Hydrological Society - $2900
To continue support of three programs including K-12 science fair water-related project awards, college internships for hydrology students and a scholarship program for a student to attend the annual AHS symposium. These programs encourage students to experience and learn about hydrological sciences, offer and enhance opportunities for undergraduate and graduate student to gain hydrology related work experience and expand participation of students at the annual symposium.
Arizona Nursery Association Foundation - $1000
Through establishment of a new scholarship for a horticulture student in central or southern Arizona, CAP is supporting the Arizona Nursery Association Foundation in encouraging and supporting horticultural education, providing communities with expert guidance in the use of native plants and environmentally sound horticultural management practices.
Boy Scouts of America Grand Canyon Chapter - $5000
CAP will be the Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badge sponsor for 2015-16, offering hundreds of scouts the opportunity to earn the badge through a collaborative partnership involving the Boy Scouts Grand Canyon chapter, Arizona State Parks and CAP. The merit badge requires scouts learn about soil, erosion, watersheds, conservation and the hydrologic cycle. The badge clinic will culminate with an opportunity for scouts to visit CAP for a Control Center tour.
Natural Resource Education Center - $5000
Through this program CAP increases awareness, appreciation, understanding and stewardship of water resources in Pinal, Pima and Maricopa counties. The program provides interactive water conservation and education demonstrations to students, adults and teachers via Rolling Rivers Trailers, Water Out West campus visits and other learning stations.
River of Time Museum - $5000
Nearly 100% of Fountain Hills' water comes from the CAP, and through this renovated museum experience, the River of Time will provide an estimated 4000 visitors each year with an understanding of CAP and the complexity involved in moving water across the state reliably and consistently. CAP's fund will help transform the entrance of the museum into a CAP experience in an effort to explain CAP's importance to the town and state.
CAP has been an essential part of the success of Arizona for more than 30 years. According to a study by the ASU W.P. Carey School of Business, from 1986 through 2010, CAP has generated in excess of $1 trillion of Arizona's gross state product (GSP).
CAP continues its commitment to managing and delivering reliable water supplies that will preserve and enhance the state's economy, environment, quality of life and security, not only for today’s Arizonans but for future generations as well.