Interesting post found in the Durango Herald classifieds, regarding cloud seeding.
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Let's hope for better snow-pack/runoff for the next ten-years.
Comments and opinions.
NOTICE OF INTENT OF A CONTINUOUS PROGRAM TO MODIFY WEATHER
Notice is hereby given that Western Weather Consultants of Durango, CO ("WWC") has filed with the Colorado Water Conservation Board ("the CWCB") an application for a ten year permit to conduct a wintertime ground-based weather modification program. WWC will conduct the Western Dolores Telluride Ski Area program for the following entities:
Dolores Water Conservation District - Southwestern Water Conservation District - Telluride Skiing Co.
Larry Hjermstad, Manager of WWC, Mike Hjermstad, Asst. Manager and Head of Operations for WWC, and Eric Hjermstad, Head of Field Operations are the people in control of the program.
The permit area request is for ten years and is defined as: The Western San Juan Mountains above 9,000 feet mean sea level in the Upper regions of the West Dolores and San Miguel River drainage basins including the Telluride Ski Area. The target area includes the following counties within the State of Colorado: Dolores, Montezuma and San Miguel. Counties adjacent to counties within the target area and not intended to see any effect from cloud seeding are: Ouray, Montrose, LaPlata, and San Juan Counties.
The operational period will be November 1 through - March 31 for each year for the next ten winters, expiring in 2022.
Safeguards are in place to limit weather modification operations by daily monitoring of snowpack snow water equivalent, avalanche hazard levels, and National Weather Service Severe Weather Statements. The CWCB coordinates daily with permit holders to ensure programs are operated judiciously to minimize danger to the land, health, safety, people, property and the environment. WWC has previously held two permits for cloud seeding in this permit area. WWC has applied for a ten- year permit.
The intended effect of the weather modification operations is to increase precipitation/snowpack snow water content to benefit: natural habitat, agriculture, municipal water, stock growers, recreational and tourism interests, and the local economy.
Complete details of the operations to be conducted are available from: Western Weather Consultants at P.O. Box 58, Durango, Colorado, 81302 or by emailing [email protected]
. The CWCB encourages oral and written comments at the public hearing for the record of decision. Please contact Joe Busto, CWCB, 1313 Sherman Street # 721, Denver, Colorado, 80203, or call (303) 866 3441 ext. 3209, or email [email protected]
The hearing is open to the public. Comments will be part of the record of decision. The public hearing will be held at the Wilkinson Public Library, 100 W. Pacific Avenue, Telluride, Colorado, at 2:30 PM on Wednesday October 17, 2012 in the Program Room. The public record will be held open so that comments can be emailed to [email protected]
or mailed with postmark of October 24, 2012 for consideration as part of the record of decision. For a copy of the map or application for this project email Joe Busto or visit the web at Colorado Water Conservation Board
WESTERN WEATHER CONSULTANTS, LLC.
Published: October 4 & 11, 2012