Groundwater Conservation District (PGCD) conducts
cloud seeding operations to augment groundwater recharge over the Ogallala Aquifer.
This is a target area of nearly 4.1 million acres in the eastern sector of the Texas Panhandle, which allows access to cloud systems moving out of Oklahoma.
In the U.S., cloud seeding is increasingly accepted as an effective method of providing relief in drought-stricken states such as Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. To help supplement the Texas water supply, some areas of the state are using periodic cloud seeding attempts to increase rainfall.
|CURRENT TEXAS |
CLOUD SEEDING PROJECTS
|APPROXIMATE LOCATION||APPROXIMATE SIZE
| WEST TEXAS WEATHER|
AND SAN ANGELO
| SOUTH TEXAS WEATHER|
|BETWEEN THE EDWARDS PLATEAU|
AND THE COASTAL BEND
| TRANS PECOS WEATHER
|ALONG AND WEST OF|
THE PECOS RIVER
| PANHANDLE GROUNDWATER
|EASTERN SECTION OF THE|
|ROLLING PLAINS WATER
|FROM ABILENE EAST TOWARD|
THE RED RIVER VALLEY
Most efforts to produce additional rainfall using cloud seeding in Texas occur under the following criteria:
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issues licenses and permits for cloud seeding through its Weather Modification Program.
According to the World Meteorological Organization, cloud seeding may increase precipitation between 10 percent and 30 percent. On its own, cloud seeding is not a major source of new water in Texas, but it is one of many water management strategies that help ensure enough water is available for future needs. The 2022 State Water Plan recommends that cloud seeding provide about 5,000 acre-feet of water per year for irrigation users by 2070 — about 1 percent of the total recommended strategy supplies in that year.
This is one in a series of reports the Comptroller has prepared on water in Texas.
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
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