The Value of Examining Economic Impacts of Winter Cloud Seeding

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  • Barbara C Welles Colorado Department of Natural Resources Denver, Colorado

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The combination of elevation, snowfall and the need for more water makes the Upper Colorado River Basin an unusually attractive area for winter cloud seeding. Political and public support, however, are prerequisites to secure seeding permits in Colorado. The state has sponsored a number of economic impact analyses designed to answer questions commonly raised about seeding. The results of these studies are summarized together with the process used to provide for citizen participation in Colorado’s cloud seeding decisions.

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