Six grants totaling $25,538 has been awarded by Central Arizona Project (CAP) to nonprofit organizations that provide public programs to educate people of all ages about water and environmental resources throughout central and southern Arizona.
The recipients are from CAP's three county (Maricopa, Pinal and Pima) service area and the amounts range from $5,000 to the Community Food Bank to $2,210 to Project WET.
The CAP grants and recipients:
- $4,000 to Arizona State Envirothon to fund an aquatics-training session at the 2008 program.
- $5,000 to the Community Food Bank in Pima County to purchase two cisterns as part of a water harvesting system to recover 10,000 gallons of roof runoff for demonstration gardens.
- $4,500 to the East Maricopa Resource Management Education Center to continue providing interactive water education to students and teachers.
- $4,950 to Tucson Unified School District's Regional Science Resource Center to support water education in the district.
- $4,878 to the UA Water Resources Research Center to provide teachers with workshops, lesson plans and classroom materials which help them engage students in learning about water resources.
- $2,210 to the UA Water Resources Research Center to support water education in Sunnyside Unified School District where students experience a half-day field study at Sweetwater Wetlands.
- CAP awards grants to organizations primarily in Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties twice a year, in June and December, for projects that depend on Colorado River water, enhance alternative water usage or promote water conservation.
- CAP's Contributions Committee includes representatives from CAP's elected Board of Directors, staff and customers.
CAP is a 336-mile-long system that brings about 1.5 million acre-feet of Colorado River water to its customers -- cities, businesses, agriculture and Indian communities -- in Pima, Pinal and Maricopa counties. An acre-foot of water is about 326,000 gallons.