FY 2016 Appropriation

Weather modification is considered a feasible means of augmenting the natural water supply. Utah enacted weather modification legislation in 1973, and an operational cloud seeding program started in 1976. The field program, which usually extends from November to April, is funded jointly by the state and local water interests. Statistical analysis of the cloud seeding program since 1976 has shown an average increase in precipitation of 10% at $2.50 per acre foot.

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Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $250,000 from all sources for Cloudseeding. This is a 16.7 percent reduction from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 107

Under the terms of 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided for the Division of Water Resources in Item 15, Chapter 5, Laws of Utah 2014, shall not lapse at the close of FY 2015. Expenditures of these funds are limited to: Current Expenses $50,000; Computer Equipment/Software $25,000; Special Projects/Studies $125,000.

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