Wyoming legislation funds cloud seeding, water conservation, more

Wyoming passes legislation investing in comprehensive water management strategies including studies, infrastructure upgrades, cloud seeding research, and collaboration with federal conservation programs.
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  • Wyoming Legislation HB0104 dedicates funding for essential water development projects within the state.
  • The bill focuses on Level I and Level II feasibility studies for new water projects and rehabilitation efforts on existing infrastructure.
  • A portion of the funding is allocated to cloud seeding research.
  • The legislation also clarifies Wyoming’s authority to participate in federal drought mitigation and conservation programs.

April 18, 2024 — The State of Wyoming has just passed legislation (HB0104Opens in a new tab.) that signals an investment in water resources. This comprehensive bill addresses several critical areas of water management, including:

  • Planning for the Future: The legislation funds several reconnaissance studies (Level I) to assess the potential of new water development projects across Wyoming. These studies cover areas like water master plans, regional supply systems, and watershed health.

  • Revitalizing Infrastructure: Funding is also provided for feasibility studies (Level II) to evaluate improvements to existing water systems. Proposed updates will focus on Cody, Greybull, and Hot Springs County projects.

  • Cloud Seeding Research: Interestingly, the bill includes funding to study the potential benefits of cloud seeding. This practice aims to increase precipitation and could play a role in Wyoming’s water supply strategies. (More on this from Wyoming Public RadioOpens in a new tab..)

  • Federal Collaboration: The legislation helps Wyoming take advantage of important federal programs, such as the Inflation Reduction Act’s drought mitigation initiatives and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program.

Why it matters.

Wyoming, like many western states, faces water challenges related to supply and demand. Legislation like HB0104 is crucial in ensuring a sustainable water future. By investing in studies, infrastructure upgrades, innovative technologies like cloud seeding, and partnerships with federal programs, Wyoming is taking proactive steps to safeguard this essential resource.

Bill status and tracking.

Signed by Governor Mark Gordon on March 20, 2024Opens in a new tab..  Assigned Chapter No. 98.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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April 19, 2024 7:54 pm
I enjoyed this entire article however, the thoughts of cloud seeding is very exciting to me. I think it is a great direction to go in as far as research, and possible viable solutions are concerned.

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