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Ann Maes

And now we need to change the law for public response methods from written letter to add email and texts!

Sigmund Silber

You might be correct but I am not sure that one needs a large number of formal protests since the process allows for continual comments and if justified a public hearing. In general if there are a large number of protests I think they are generally combined into one anyway. What IMO is needed is more engagement with communities that might benefit from cloud seeding. This was IMO not done in this case. It was done when a prior effort was initiated by my organization the New Mexico Weather Modification Association, Inc of which I am the President and we went to a number of organizations including Nambe Pueblo which passed a resolution in support of cloud seeding. At that time they saw the benefit of the what we proposed and I met with their Environmental Officer many times. What we proposed was a focused program that would provide water for a few tributaries to the Rio Grande and to support the Rio Grande Compact and resolutions of support were obtained from Rio Arriba County, the Pojoaque Valley Irrigation District, the City of Santa Fe and many organizations within Santa Fe.

I will not comment on the application by Western Weather Consultants but anyone who wants more information on cloud seeding can contact me at ssilber1@juno.com and I will provide information and answer any questions. If it is a a question from an organization we can set up a Zoom session. I am very careful about in person contact during this pandemic but I think that people can benefit from understanding how precipitation processes work.

Global Warming is interfering in those processes and I can explain why that is the case. I certainly do not oppose changes in the statute that govern how the ISC reviews weather modification proposals but I know the person who developed those regulations and he studied how other states do it and the process in New Mexico is similar to the process in other Western States.

If you go to http://www.nawmc.org/ and scroll down you will see a map of where cloud seeding is done in the U.S. In some cases it is to enhance precipitation and in some northern states and Canada it is done to suppress hail meaning to have smaller hail stones that do less damage. It is very effective at that.

There are probably about 25 other nations that do cloud seeding so it is not a new idea by any means. I am not surprised that if not presented and discussed that people would be nervous about it. IMO it needs to have community acceptance.

And that certainly includes Tribal Councils.

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