State seeks more cloud seeding oversight

Jackson, WY – Draft legislation would give the state more oversight of efforts to modify the weather to produce more rain and snowfall.

Such efforts include cloud seeding, which involves pumping silver nitrate into clouds to get them to produce precipitation.

Currently the State Engineer's Office reviews applications and grants permits for weather modification programs. The bill would formalize the agency's review of such programs.

The bill also would give the state engineer authority to enact new regulations if necessary.