Title: Vail Gets the Go-Ahead for Seeding but Clouding Controversy Continues
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Title: Vail Gets the Go-Ahead for Seeding but Clouding Controversy Continues
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Abstract: Vail Gets the Go-Ahead for Seeding but Clouding Controversy Continues
General Note: Box 10, Folder 22 ( SF Water Modification - 1981-83 ), Item 4
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Vail gets the go-ahead for seeding

but cloudy controversy continues

Vail's cloudseedigpermitfor
the 198-86 ski season was
issued this week by theColorado
Department of Natural
Effective dates are Nov. 1,
1985, to March 31, 1986; certain
restrictions, similar to previous
years, were placedon theperdit.
A public hearing wa held on
the permit, requested by Vail
Associates to augment sow
levels in the Vail and Beaver
Creek area, on Sept. 27. At that
time concerns wer registered by
theDivision of WtdMfe the state
Forest Service and a Lake
County comamiioner.
The concerns focused on
increased snow levels, possibly
created by cloud seeding, and
their efforts on area wildlife,
critical winter ranges and Lake
County cities.
David Getchee, director of the
Department of Natural
Resources, called for a meeting
to include all involved parties
designed t further invtigate
the claims.
But that meeting has not
taken place and Barbara Welles,
directrof weather modification
programs at the Department of

Natural Resources, noted that
Getches hadn't intended that it
be held before the permit was
"My next project is to put that
meeting together," she said.
The concerns expressed at the
September meeting were similar
to others voiced over the years.
Western Weather Inc., a
Durango firm, has been cloud
seeding in the Vail and Beaver
Creek area since 1977. The
Forest Service and Division of
Wildlife are worried that
increased snow levels are
depleting big game range area,
driving the animals lower and
lower each year and exhausting
the supply of natural vegetation
in critical range areas.
Lake County has repeatedly
maintained that its citizens are
affected by increased snowfall
that results from seeding, and
which causes hardship on senior
citizens and increases the
county's snow removal costs.
The permit spedfically states
that the cloud seeding
generators cannot operate whe '
the wind is blowing in the
direction of Ladville.

Vail Assdciates and represent-
atives of Vail's retail
community stated at the
hearing that cloud seeding is
necessary for the area if the
resorts are to open on time and
maintain adequate snow levels.
Joe Macy, Vail Associates
mountain planner, added that a
15 percent increase in snow
during a dry year could result in
an additional $10 million to the
community's economy.
Welles admitted there was a
conflict between Vail Associates
and the Division of Wildlife and
the Forest Service.
"There is a philosophical
problem with the Division of
Wildlife to care and develop
wildlife for hunting revenue,
and with the 'economic
development of a ski commun-
ity," she explained. "We have
debated who has the mitigation
responsibility after the fact. We
just want to get thise people
together to talk"
Vail Asociates hafoffered to
match funds with anneup to
$10,000 for ttinghat could
determine cloud heeding's


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