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Cloud seeding may continue in the Wind River Basin

Cloud seeding may become more than an experimental endeavor in Wyoming, if recent proposals from the Wyoming Water Development Office are approved in the next session.

Harry LaBonde of the Development Office says they are optimistic about the projects getting funded. “One of the projects considered last week was to take the ten generators in the Wind River range, and convert them from a scientific program to an operational program,” he stated.

The scientific program is ending this year—though the results of the study aren’t expected until 2015. By leaving the generators in place, the state could save on future re-installation costs.

The second project would look at both the east and west basins of the Wyoming Range, to determine if cloud seeding generators could work there as well.

Chelsea Biondolillo is originally from Portland, Oregon and comes to Laramie by way of several southern cities, including New Orleans, Austin, and Phoenix. She is currently an MFA candidate at the University of Wyoming in creative nonfiction and environmental studies and her prose has appeared or is forthcoming in Creative Nonfiction, Phoebe, DIAGRAM, Birding, and others. Chelsea loves plants, birds, and rocks, and tries to spend as much time as she can around them.
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