Central Arizona Project has awarded "community investment" grants to several Southern Arizona organizations.

Twice a year, CAP recognizes projects "that focus on Colorado River water, enhance alternative water usage or promote water conservation," a release said. Grants of up to $5,000 go to organizations in its Maricopa, Pima and Pinal County service area.

Among this year's recipients:

• The Flowing Wells Unified School District, $936 to support water education by providing the transportation of teachers and students to the Sweetwater Wetlands Water Festival. At the event, students experience a half-day field study and learn how their study of science and water issues connect to the real world of water management;

• Watershed Management Group, $3,500 to develop and implement a series of water conservation technical trainings to provide Southern Arizona professionals, educators and residents with the skills to create gray water reuse and rainwater harvesting systems and storm water catchments;

• Natural Resource Education Center, $5,000 to expand the Center's interactive water education demonstrations and enhance the curriculum for the Water Out West field day. Programs include Ag Ventures (grades 1-3), Veggie Ventures (grades 1-6), Desert Ag Ventures (adult visitors) and Water Out West, which includes a segment devoted to CAP.

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