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SANTA FE -- The City Council has approved $20,000 for a
study on the possibility of seeding clouds to produce more rainfall.
The resolution was unanimously endorsed. The study would determine
whether the clouds in the Santa Fe area are the type that might drop
more precipitation if seeded with iodine crystals dropped from
"This is something every one of us when we were running for
election said we would do, look for additional water supplies," said
Mayor Larry Delgado. "So I think we should do this."
City finance director Kathryn Raveling said the money for the
project could probably be taken from funds generated by the city's
plumbing retrofitting laws.
The resolution specifies that in order for Santa Fe to put the
money into the study, other local governments would have to commit
Some water experts have said cloud seeding is a cost-effective way
to get extra rain from clouds. However, there is little scientific
evidence showing that it actually works.
Federal and state money is being made available to study the
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