Title: Seeding the Clouds of Serious Drought
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Title: Seeding the Clouds of Serious Drought
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Publisher: Tampa Times
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Seeding the Clouds of Serious Drought, 7/18/1981
General Note: Box 10, Folder 22 ( SF Water Modification - 1981-83 ), Item 22
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Bibliographic ID: WL00002552
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
Holding Location: Levin College of Law, University of Florida
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SMOST OF FLORIDA is slowly re- of water to the lake.
covering from the effects of the Conditions in South Florida dem-
prolonged spring drought, but con- onstrate just how.dependent the
ditions:arotad Lake Okeechobee state is on rainfall to replenish its
remain serious. The lake level is freshwater resources. Cloud seed-
below 10 feet and stillfalling. ing is about thelast resort available
.' Preparations are being made to to the water management district. It
have the lake and its environs de- has tried to stretch available sup-
dared a disaster area to qualify for plies through conservation until the
funds to finance a $400,000, nine- summer rainy season intervenes,
week cloud-seeding program. A staff but the rains haven't come to the
member of the South Florida Water critical lake area.
Management District was scheduled Hurricanes are not the most pop-
to be in Boulder, Colo., this week ular event, but a big wet storm may

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Should the only reasonable answer to
correcting the South Florida
drought Meanwhile, the state needs
to take a collective look at its fresh
water problems, leading toward de-
velopment of an overall fresh water
The summer thundershowers
Shave given us some relief in the
Tampa Bay area, but many of our
Slakes and streams have yet to re-
cover from the effects of the spring
drought. And all the while water
consumption is increasing as a re-
sutilt of new growth and develop-
The parched areas of South Flor-
ida have our sympathy, but that
isn't going to milk one drop 9f water
from those reluctant clouds. How-
ever, better state planning for fresh
,water distribution may generate
long-range solutions for future
drought conditions.
Unfortunately, we are far behind
schedule on such planning and may
experience a disaster before correc-
tive steps are taken.

for a meeting with meteorologists
and representatives of seven firms
which perbrm commercial cloud-se-
There is a omibility that a spe-
cific cloud-seeding plan will emerge
from these meetings, but the actual
seeding process could not be con-
ducted until contractors submit bids.
and the water district acts on them.
Much also depends on obtaining a'
disaster area qualification and
needed financing.
Obviously, these are desperation
tactics. While conditions are serious
at the moment, the greater fear is
going into the dry winter months
with the lake level still below 10
feet and without sufficient fresh
water reserves. It is estimated that
currently the lake and conservation
areas in Palm Beach, Broward and
Dade counties contain only about
one per cent of their normal re-
Perhaps cloud-seeding could'
stimulate sufficient rainfall between
now and Oct. 1 to add at least a foot

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