Modeling soil moisture and plant stress in desert urban areas. . .incentives for using effluent. . . these are two of the research projects that have been funded by Central Arizona Project’s Award for Water Research. CAP offers two annual awards for outstanding water research conducted by an undergraduate or graduate student at an Arizona college or university—$1,000 to the first place winner and $500 to the second place winner. The deadline has been extended to Aug. 1 for those who would like to apply.

By CAP Board President Pamela Pickard


Central Arizona Project (CAP) is the primary steward of central and southern Arizona's Colorado River water resources.  By delivering almost 500 billion gallons of Colorado River water every year, CAP has dramatically and positively changed the economic and environmental landscape of our state. Clearly, CAP has a critical role in supporting the health and sustainability of the Colorado River and the State of Arizona.


Three Central Arizona Project employees-- Assistant General Manager of Business Planning & Governmental Programs Marie Pearthree, Assistant General Manager Maintenance Administration Greg Ramon and External Communications Representative Mitch Basefsky—were invited to present at this 87th annual AZ Water conference held May 7-9 in Glendale. CAP annually sponsors and exhibits at this conference, which is attended by hundreds of water professionals from throughout Arizona.  AZ Water hosts this annual conference and is the local chapter of the American Water Works Association. The conference is designed to share information regarding the enhancement of Arizona’s drinking water, water reuse and environmental resources.


How many zeroes are in a trillion? Twelve! You don’t see it written out very often, but Central Arizona Project's (CAP) delivery of Colorado River water from 1986 through 2010 has generated in excess of $1 trillion—that’s $1,090,000,000,000—of Arizona's gross state product (GSP). This astounding number was verified by a study recently commissioned by CAP with the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.


As temperatures climb toward the triple digits, snow is likely the last thing on many people’s minds – especially those living within the Central Arizona Project service area of Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. But even though we’re entering the dog days of summer, snow in the Colorado Rocky Mountains is important to those in central and southern Arizona who rely on CAP for their water supply. And when it comes to snow, the news is not bad as it has been during the past few years.

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