Notice is hereby given that Western Weather Consultants of Durango, CO (“WWC”) has filed with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (“the CWCB”) an application for a five year permit to conduct a wintertime ground-based weather modification program. WWC will conduct the Central Colorado Mountain River Basins program for the following entities:

Denver Water Department

Colorado Springs Utilities

Larry Hjermstad, Manager of WWC, Mike Hjermstad, Asst. Manager and Head of Operations for WWC, and Eric Hjermstad, Head of Field Operations are the people in control of the program.

The permit area request is for five years and is defined as three smaller target areas: The Northern area (Target Area 1), the Southern area (Target Area 2), and the upper Arkansas River area (Target Area 3). The permit area is generally above elevation 8,500 feet in the upper Colorado River basin and a small portion of the upper Arkansas River. The upper Colorado River basin includes tributaries in Pitkin, Lake, Eagle, Summit, Chaffee and Grand counties, with an exclusion area in the Tenmile Creek basin near Climax. Counties adjacent to counties within the permit area but not intended to see any effect from cloud seeding are: Gunnison, Park, Clear Creek, Fremont, Saguache, Mesa, Garfield, Routt, Jackson, Larimer, Boulder and Gilpin counties.

The operational period will be November 1 through – March 31 for each year for the next five winters, expiring in 2017. The Target Area for the 2012-13 winter season is Target Area 2 only. Target Areas 1 and 3 may be implemented in future seasons.

Safeguards are in place to limit weather modification operations by daily monitoring of snowpack snow water equivalent, avalanche hazard levels, and National Weather Service Severe Weather Statements. The CWCB coordinates daily with permit holders to ensure programs are operated judiciously to minimize danger to the land, health, safety, people, property and the environment. WWC has previously held two sequential five year permits for cloud seeding in Target Areas 2 and 3. WWC has applied for a five- year permit for all three target areas.

The intended effect of the weather modification operations is to increase precipitation/snowpack snow water content to benefit: natural habitat, agriculture, municipal water, stock growers, recreational and tourism interests, and the local economy.

Complete details of the operations to be conducted are available from: Western Weather Consultants at P.O. Box 58, Durango, Colorado, 81302 or by emailing The CWCB encourages oral and written comments at the public hearing for the record of decision. Please contact Joe Busto, CWCB, 1313 Sherman Street # 721, Denver, Colorado, 80203, or call (303) 866 3441 ext. 3209, or email with comments.

The hearing is open to the public. Comments will be part of the record of decision. The public hearing was held at La Quinta Inn & Suites, Loveland Room, 560 Silverthorne Lane, Silverthorne, Colorado, at 6:00 PM on Monday September 24, 2012, and is now available online at web address listed below. The public record will be held open so that comments can be emailed to or mailed with postmark of October 15, 2012 for consideration as part of the record of decision. For a copy of the map or application for this project email Joe Busto or visit the web at


Published in the Herald Democrat Oct. 4, 11, 2012.

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