Engineering ‘marvel’ Central Arizona Project: A 35-year-old economic powerhouse

Central Arizona Project water from the Colorado River flows next to a cantaloupe field near the Pinal County community of Maricopa. / Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star 2018

By Victoria Harker | Chamber Business News

Arizona’s engineering masterpiece, the Central Arizona Project (CAP), is celebrating 35 years of delivering Colorado River water to the state’s populous regions. 

The decades-long struggle to get the canal project approved and then built in some of Arizona’s most unforgiving landscape, is legend. But its economic impact cannot be overstated. 

Among the fruits of its labor? The booming Sonoran Corridor megaregion that encompasses metropolitan Phoenix and Tucson. 


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