Editor’s Note: Norteños have been investigating the proposed cloud seeding operation by Western Weather Consultants after legal notices appeared in the Taos News, Las Vegas Optic, and the Rio Grande Sun in November. Many question this late notice for an operation proposed to start in December. Some question the proposed means of distribution—high altitude pumps located at northern New Mexico ski areas above 9,000 feet—instead of airplane delivery. Others worry about the released chemical silver iodide’s affect on the biota. Cloud seeding has been done for many years in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado but there doesn’t seem to be much empirical evidence that it works. The application, which appears to be financed by the Roosevelt Water Conservancy District, in the Pecos River watershed, is by statute regulated by the Interstate Stream Commission. Hopefully the ISC/Western Weather Consultant zoom meeting—details below—will answer all the questions being raised.
There is confusion over what the closing date is for filing a protest letter, but people should go ahead and send a letter as soon as possible, to arrive before or on Monday, November 22. The letter must include your full name, phone number, email address and mailing address. You should briefly cite what your concerns are and ask that there be better notice and consultation with affected constituents before any decision is made. Protests may be sent to ATTN: Weather Control Committee, NMISC, P.O.Box 25102, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-5102.
Virtual Public Meeting – Weather Modification Application for License by Western Weather Consultants, LLC
Proposed project – Two to two and a half month cloud seeding project proposed to start in December, 2021
10:00AM to Noon, Monday, November 22, 2021
Please register for PUBLIC MEETING – Weather Modification Application for License by Western Weather Consultants, LLC Proposed project – on Nov 22, 2021 10:00 AM MST to Noon at:
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