Cronkite News: Potential solutions for water challenges

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Cronkite News reports of all the potential solutions offered for Arizona’s water challenges, seeding clouds to stimulate rain and snow is a very real process that dates back to the 1940s.

Rhett Larson, a research fellow with the Kyl Center for Water Policy at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said that although the process can help, there are other considerations, such as silver accumulating in river basins and figuring out who is entitled to the extra water.

“There are potential environmental impacts, and also political and legal uncertainties,” Larson said.

Common concerns are that seeding a cloud could mean robbing another region of precipitation and although the science is backed up with positive outcomes, there are a lot of challenges with introducing a technology like cloud seeding.

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