Cloud Seeding Program
Snowy Hydro relies on precipitation falling in the catchments of the Snowy Mountains to supply water for the production of hydro-electricity. Cloud seeding over this area is used to enhance snowfall which in turn leads to increased run off and, ultimately, the amount of water available to produce clean, renewable energy.
Other benefits of cloud seeding include additional snow for the NSW ski resorts located within the target area and, once the snow melts, additional water from the Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers for irrigation.
Snowy Hydro’s Cloud Seeding Program began as a trial in 2004. The exceptional scientific merit of this trial, positive results of the evaluation, and absence of adverse environmental impacts were sufficiently compelling for the government to pass the necessary legislation for an ongoing, operational cloud seeding program. This commenced from the winter of 2013.
Further background information on the trial and cloud seeding in the Snowy Mountains can be found here.
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