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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. 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 - $3,200 - The grant supports four programs including K-12 science fair water-related project awards, college internships for hydrology students, a scholarship for a student to attend the annual AHS symposium and a scholarship for a student to attend a hands-on science camp. These programs encourage students to experience and learn about hydrological sciences, offer and enhance opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hydrology-related work experience and interact with professionals in the field.
Arizona Nursery Association Foundation - $1,000 - The CAP grant supports a scholarship for a horticulture student who is also interested in learning about efficient agriculture irrigation in central or southern Arizona. The ANAF supports programs that provide communities with expert guidance in the use of native plants and environmentally sound horticultural management practices.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater - $3,000 - CAP's support of "Water in the Desert" will help update the script and water education study materials as well as expand the reach of the show to low income schools in Phoenix serving an additional 3200 low income children.
Natural Resource Education Center - $5,000 - 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.
Tucson Audubon - $2,000 - The CAP grant will support Tucson Audubon's Desert Explorers Eco-Breaks program, a camp that provides students an opportunity to learn about riparian ecology, basic hydrology, water conservation and the complexities of CAP, ultimately shaping their behaviors to have a positive impact on their communities.
Watershed Management Group - $5,000 - Though CAP's support, “Hydrate the Valley” is coming to Glendale, raising awareness of water conservation in Arizona and educating participants on personal conservation through rainwater harvesting, greywater systems and native plants in landscapes, which can result in the conservation of tens of thousands of gallons of water each year.