Southwest funds cloud seeding in WY

Laramie, WY – Three southwestern states that draw water from the Colorado River are helping fund a cloud seeding project in Wyoming. Water districts in California, Nevada and Arizona sent 92-thousand dollars to Wyoming this year to help seed clouds over the Wind River Range.

Roger Patterson with the Southern California Metropolitan Water District says they hope the seeding will increase snow pack, and boost river levels on the Colorado: "Enough science and studies have been done that there is some gain in snow pack by these kinds of programs, so it's in all of our interest to see if we can make that happen."

Patterson says this is part of an effort to relieve a long drought in the Western United States. He says the seven states on the river share any water that's produced by the seeding.