Submissions for the CAP Award for Water Research are accepted anytime during a given year. The deadline for submissions is May 21. Research submitted for this award should focus specifically on water issues that affect Central and Southern Arizona and the Colorado River. Papers can focus on legal, economic, political, environmental, or water management issues, as well as any other issue that might be of interest to CAP or Arizona water users. Priority will be given to Colorado River issues.

First Place: $1,000
Second Place: $500

Suggested topics include but are not limited to:

  • Drought management
  • Environmental law
  • Groundwater resources
  • Indian water rights
  • Public perception of water issues
  • Recharge
  • Riparian habitat
  • Rural watershed/water use
  • Subsidence
  • Surface water
  • Surface/groundwater relationships
  • Threatened/endangered species
  • Water conservation
  • Water law
  • Water policy/politics
  • Water rights
  • Water supply/use

To apply, submit our online entry form.

2019 Winning Papers - 
 Co-2nd Place Winners Recognized

  • 1st Place - Thomas Whipple for his Master’s thesis titled, “Planning for depletion: optimal irrigation in the Pinal AMA under changing water sources.”  Tom is a hydrologist with the Arizona Department of Water Resources working in the Recharge section. He has a B.S. and M.S. in hydrology from the Uiversity of Arizona.
  • 2nd Place - Tiffani Cáñez for her paper, “Mapping fresh and brackish groundwater to inform better management of decreasing groundwater levels in the Wilcox Basin, south-east Arizona.” Tiffani received her bachelor’s in hydrology last May from the University of Arizona and is now completing her masters, also in hydrology. Her research focuses on the combination of water quality and water management.
  • 2nd Place - Shelby Hoglund for her paper, “Issues and implications for central Arizona agriculture associated with the Colorado River shortage.” Shelby is a PhD student at the University of Arizona in the Department of Environmental Sciences. She is a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Fellow researching soil carbon in arid agricultural systems.


Past Winning Papers