Uniformity among Weather Modification Laws

by Ray Jay Davis, Prof. of Law; Univ. of Arizona, Tucson, Ariz.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Irrigation and Drainage Division, 1976, Vol. 102, Issue 3, Pg. 285-294

Document Type: Journal Paper


Although there have been efforts to secure uniformity, wide diversity remains among state laws regulating weather modification. Differences stem from ignorance of other states' laws, legal experimentation, different perceptions of weather modification efficacy, and desire to be consistent with local jurisprudence. Uniformity can be achieved through Federal legislation, interstate compacts, and uniform or model state laws. Funding arrangements and administrative structures should vary among the states. Some diversity, mixed with some uniformity, is appropriate for issuing operational permits, allocating weather modification runoff water rights, and determining legal liability. Professional licensing, record keeping, and reporting should be uniformly regulated. Weather modification advocates should support state laws that preserve the strengths of diversity and secure needed uniformity, and Federal legislation allowing diversity where it is advantageous.

Subject Headings: Laws | Federal government | Legislation | Licensure and certification | Financing | Permits | Runoff | Water rights

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