Tucson Water is hosting a Teacher Summer Internship Program where middle school and high school teachers can learn about water management in Tucson and get up to $500 after completion.

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The two-week course will focus on the development, distribution and management of water in Tucson, says Fernando Molina, a Tucson Water spokesman.

“Most people are familiar with the water cycle diagram from third grade where they show mountains, rivers, valleys, the ocean, and clouds,” Molina says. “So what we’re trying to do with this program is teach about the urban water cycle here in Tucson. We have, as a desert community, very distinct issues that other communities don’t deal with.”

Between 12 and 18 teachers from across the curriculum will be accepted into the program, Molina says.

After the two weeks are finished, the teachers will develop water-related projects that can be taught in the 2012-2013 school year. Tucson Water will then collect those class materials and use them in the future, Molina says.

Teachers will receive a $500 stipend, which is funded by Tucson Water’s education budget, he says.

The program was started in 1995 and this year runs from July 9 to July 20.