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South Florida water bqard
SWEST PALM BEACH A federal meteorologist
told water official' Thursday that a cloud-seeding
program to ease South Florida's water shortage could.
produce a 25 percent increase in rainfall, a 4 to 60 da
and cost up to $500,000.
Appearing before the governing board of the South
Florida Water Management District, William Woodley of
the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
said cloud seeding could increase rainfall by 20 to 25 per-v
cent in targeted areas around Lake Okeechobee.
Flares containing silver iodide would be shot into
cumulus clouds from mall airplanes passing through the
clouds, Wpodley said. '
Water district spokeswoman Shella Middaugh said
1the district staff would meet with Woodley to design ;
tentative plan to present to the board today .
SBoard Chairman Robert L. Clark of Fort Lauderdale
said he was undecided about the cloud-seeding proposal.