HAS Students Win Top Prizes in 2019 CAP Awards for Water Research

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Congratulations to HAS Alumni Thomas Whipple and Tiffani Cañez who have won the top prizes in this year's Central Arizona Project Awards for Water Research competition!

Thomas Whipple's Master's thesis, Planning for depletion: optimal irrigation in the Pinal AMA under changing water sources, won the First Place award of $1,000. Thomas received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in hydrology from the University of Arizona and currently works as a hydrologist with the Arizona Department of Water Resources, Recharge Section.

Tiffani Cañez's Senior Capstone project paper, Mapping fresh and brackish groundwater to inform better management of decreasing groundwater levels in the Willcox basin, southeast Arizona, tied* for the Second Place award of $500. Tiffani completed her Bachelor of Science degree in hydrology in May 2019 and will pursue her Master of Science degree in hydrology in HAS this fall. *UA doctoral student Shelby Hoglund, Department of Environmental Sciences, was co-recipient of Second Place. 

The CAP annual awards recognize the best student research statewide which focuses specifically on water issues that affect Central and Southern Arizona and the Colorado River. (Colorado River issues are a priority.) Topics range from legal, economic, political, environmental, or water management issues, as well as any other issue relevant to CAP or Arizona water users.

Our warmest congratulations go to Thomas and Tiffani. Job well done!