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Sowing the seeds of drought relief

Dear Editor,

I would like to propose that our state legislators appropriate start-up money for cloud seeding and then pass a mill levy on all property owners in Colorado. The state could then charge states downriver for their water adjudication, then these states could charge back to their people that benefit from these waters. The federal government should also be included, as this would keep the public lands wet and help prevent fires.

The state of Colorado could administer the cloud seeding for rain or snow year-round. If the state chose to administer this, it would be prudent to ask the help and cooperation of the different water districts. Money collected could be used only for administering this program, cloud seeding, liability insurance and any additional funds needed for snow removal, etc.

This seeding program could be done all over the state, not just for the mountains’ snow and water storage in the winter; also year-round, spring summer and fall. Rains would relieve the demand on stored water and when possible, seeding could be implemented to help put out fires. Seeding stations could be set up at appropriate areas, as well as mobile units to be moved around the state as needed.

This is the responsibility of every person in Colorado, including the property owners living outside the state. This may help us have weather that we had years ago and give us time to build the storage dams that are needed or anything else that will help our state.

Very truly yours,

John Scalzo

Rifle


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