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Central Arizona Project (CAP) is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 CAP Award for Water Research. The Award recognizes excellence in graduate or undergraduate student research addressing water issues facing the lower basin states (Arizona, California and Nevada). Award judges include representatives of CAP’s popularly elected Board of Directors, CAP customers and management, and other members of the water community. 

The 2016 CAP Award for Water Research winners are:

1st Place – Beth Kleiman, a graduate student in Water, Society, and Policy in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona. Her research, "The Water-Energy Nexus Dimension of the Central Arizona Project System Use Agreement," is very timely as CAP and others have been working to develop a framework to use the CAP system to move not only current Colorado River water but also to transport additional, recovered or supplemental water supplies. Ms. Kleiman will receive $1,000 from CAP.

2nd Place – Surabhi Karambelkar, a Ph.D, student in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her research, "When the Turbines Stop Turning: Examining the Impacts of Drought on Power Production at Hoover Dam and Its Consequences for Entities in Arizona," is also very timely. Ms. Karambelkar will receive $500 from CAP.

In addition to the cash awards, CAP sponsors the students to the Arizona Hydrological Society Annual Symposium where award recipients will be recognized during a special luncheon, and will present their research during regular conference sessions.  The winning papers will be published in the conference proceedings and on the CAP web site ( The 2016 Symposium will take place September 14-17, at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson.