Federal Weather Modification Efforts Need Congressional Attention

CED-80-5: Published: Nov 1, 1979. Publicly Released: Nov 1, 1979.

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A coordinated approach to weather modification programs has never been established. Focusing on rainfall augmentation, GAO reviewed the general problems associated with current weather modification programs.

GAO found that there was no national weather modification policy. No central authority directed the programs. Coordination has been ineffective, and research was fragmented. The lack of integrated planning and coordination has inhibited progress toward a rainfall augmentation program. An earlier GAO report recommended development of a national program with goals, objectives, priorities, and milestones; and the designation of a central administrative agency. These recommendations were not carried out. The Weather Modification Advisory Board, agreeing with those recommendations, proposed: a Congressional statement of national weather modification policy; and a clearly focused, integrated research and development program on learning more about how to modify the weather.

Matter for Congressional Consideration

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Matter: The Congress should set forth a national weather modification research and development policy and direct that a program be developed with goals, objectives, priorities, and milestones. Also, it should designate one agency to administer, maintain, and control the program.

Recommendation for Executive Action

  1. Status: Closed

    Comments: Please call 202/512-6100 for additional information.

    Recommendation: The Secretaries of Commerce and Interior should establish an integrated, formal planning program to help ensure coordination of their respective rainfall augmentation projects.

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