Texas Counties Tackle Cloud Seeding

Cloud seeding will start back up in September for Wichita County but now a group of Texas counties, including three in Texoma, are banding together to start a seeding process of their own.

Munday City Administrator Ricky Ake says five counties, Knox, Haskell, Jones, Fisher and Stonewall, are working on a three to four month contract with Seeding Operations and Atmospheric Research (SOAR).

Ake says the counties will equally split the cost of the project which is expected to be around $45,000 a month or about $8,000 per county.

He says even though July and August are the driest months out of the year, their water situation has become so dire that they're willing to gamble on the sometimes controversial process.

"It's better to have tried and not done anything good then just sit here and wait and not do anything," Ake says. 

In addition, he says, "We're not expecting 10, 12 inch rains out of it but if we can increase the monthly rainfall of two to two and half inches that we normally receive in July; if we can get four to four and a half inches, that would be so much better.

In Knox County, there are seven entities who will split the $8,000 cost.

Ake says the City of Munday will pay up to $1,500 a month.

The other entities are the Munday Economic Development Corporation, Knox City's Economic Development Corporation, Knox city, Knox County, Rolling Plains Water Authority and North Central Texas Municipal Water Authority.

Ake says Munday has also looked at other options including trucking in water but that would cost up to $50,000 a day. 

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