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Title: Weather Modification
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Abstract: Weather Modification
General Note: Box 10, Folder 22 ( SF Water Modification - 1981-83 ), Item 14
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WEATHER MODIFICATION

Technological advances enabled man to seed clouds to
produce rain and snowfall. The potential benefits of such technology
are immense, but so are the dangers. Flooding, after cloud seeding,
has led to claims that the weather modification caused the adverse
results. Another problem that has developed in the area of weather
modification is a direct result of the fact that overuse by people
of a limited resource diminishes the supply of that resource available
to others. Cloud seeders in the State of Washington induced clouds
to release rain before the clouds could reach the State of Idaho.
The result? Idaho almost sued Washington for "rain theft."

Groundwater and water retained in clouds ready to be
released in one place or another poses the difficult question of
how to allocate "mobile resources" that migrate from one place to
another.

The Chairman of a special West Texas Chamber of Commerce
Task Force on Water recently has this to say on weather modification:

Weather Modification
(Rainfall Enhancement)
Federal funds for weather modification
studies are becoming extinct. Some weather
modification activities in the Upper Colo-
rado River Basin have been ongoing for the
past ten years. It appears from the work
which has been done that weather can be
modified to increase precipitation about
ten to fifteen percent. The effects of this
increased precipitation is best illustrated in
increased crop yields in those counties
where the weather modification project has
been tested. Average crop yields in these
counties have increased about twenty per-
cent during this time period and the
farmers.in the area indicated a wide accep-
tance of the program. The Water Commit-
tee, therefore, recommends that the Texas
2000 Commission support the Texas De-
partment of Water Resources in their on-
going weather modification research and
development and further that they recom-
mend to the legislature that funds be
appropriated for continued research in this
area.


Florida recognized the potential problems associated
with weather modification when it enacted Chapter 57-128, Laws of
Florida (1957) which now appears as sections 403.291-403.411,
Florida Statutes.

South Florida Water Management District experimented
with weather modification during the droughts of 1981.




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