Lawmakers dole out funds as some question cloud seeding allocation, state’s priorities in hard times.
Omnibus water bills may help municipalities, advance New Fork Lake dam project and resolve a flap over Gillette water project that rural residents believe disrupted their domestic wells.
In close vote, Wyoming House backs $1.4 million for unvetted cloud seeding program in four mountain ranges.
Water board miffed it wasn’t included in plan to seek $1.4 million for cloud seeding, worries changes could jeopardize omnibus water bill.
A Wyoming study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research shows that cloud seeding produces 5 to 15 percent more precipitation.